Originally Published: April 16, 2012 3:29 p.m.
When you watch golf on TV, sometimes you will hear the announcer talk about the "grain" on the putting surface. This simply is the term used to determine which way the blades of grass are laying on the green.
Bent grass is the name of the type of grass used on most golf course greens and it gets that name because the blades of the grass "bend" or lay in a certain direction. An easy way to tell the grain on a green is to stand behind your ball and observe the color of the grass between you and the hole. If the grass appears "shiny" you are going down grain and the ball will roll faster. If the grass is a darker color, you are going into the grain and the putt will be slower. This is good information to know before you make your stroke.
Mack McCarley is the PGA Golf Professional at the Antelope Hills Golf Courses and is member of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.