How to read greens: Putting performance principles

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Let's take a look at five steps to take to read greens when putting

For our first episode, we’ll be looking at how to read greens. In this series as a whole, you will be asked to consider the ‘art of putting’. This will involve ensuring that your mind is in the best place to allow your putting stroke to come out on a more natural basis. The ultimate aim of the series is to help you to hole more putts, shoot lower scores and have more fun on the golf course.

How to read greens

You may be confident about line and pace when it comes to putting but another important aspect to holing a putt is reading greens. Often people struggle to read greens because they don’t know what they are looking for.

Here are the 5 steps to read greens:

Step 1: Read from the low side. You can gather a lot more information about the green, by reading from the low side, than you can from any other angle.

read greens: Read from the low side

Step 2: Ensure that both hole and ball are in peripheral vision. Stand back because the closer you get to the line, the less you can see.

Read greens: Hole and ball in peripheral vision

Step 3: Survey the putt from a good distance. As a rule-of-thumb if you’ve got a 20 foot putt, move 20′ back.

Read greens: Survey from a distance

Step 4: Use your eyes and your feet to look for clues. As you walk up to the putt, use your eyes and your feet to find bumps and changes in elevation.

Read greens: Use your eyes and your feet to look for clues

Step 5: Stand close to the hole for better depth perception. If you only judge the putt from down the line, your perception of the depth can affect your concept of the distance from the ball to the hole.

Read greens: Stand close to the hole for better depth perception.

About Gary and Karl

Gary Nicol is a European Tour coach and co-founder of T-PEGS

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Dr. Karl Morris is a mind coach and P.G.A consultant.

Dr Karl Morris is one of Europe’s leading Mind Coaches, delivering cutting edge methods of peak performance and goal achievement to a range of clients across sports and business.

From the world of golf, he has worked with players such as Darren Clarke, David Howell, and Lee Westwood.

A consultant to the PGA of Great Britain and Europe he has presented seminars all over the world.

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