CAN YOU PICK YOUR LINE?
What does reading greens mean to you?
Marcus Wheelhouse gives some practical advice to help you with reading greens.
Ever wondered the key to reading
greens? Tried Aimpoint? These are some of the questions that may plague you...
In my experience of watching people hit putts and then turning around giving me the feedback of where they want to hit the putt varies hugely.
Reading greens is a very important part of your putt, many would say the most important but obviously hitting the actual putt on your intended line is also key. When I played on tour I had many different caddies. I asked some of them what they thought was the line on some of the putts I faced when I had doubt in my mind. All the great caddies I had always asked me what I thought first. If they agreed they would just confirm my thoughts. The bad caddies in my mind anyway, would blurt out their thoughts first and if that was very different to what you thought, your mind is left in a scrambled thought and therefore the decision to be confident in your stroke was diminished a lot. Doubt is constant! They only did this once and usually lasted only one tournament.
The reason for telling you this is that it could easily summarize the state of mind of many amateurs when they are over a putt. The conversation in your mind is a constant battle doubting your read and your pace. Everybody has a different level of skill for reading greens so I believe this takes practice. The problem is that when we practice, a lot of the things we do involves 3 or 4 balls and the brain takes the average of those 3 putts and believes that it's not too bad. But if we just went around the practice putting green with one ball how good would we be. Try it!
The other scenario I see on the putting green is people just hitting putts and reacting to what they see and letting go. Then when
↑ 01: I want you to go to the practice putting green with one ball and 2 tees. I want you to find some breaking putts approximately 5-10 meters in length. I want you to read that putt like you would on the course.
↑ 02: But before you hit that putt I want you to find the apex of the putt and place a gate of 2 tees that will give you a gate to roll your ball through when you putt.