Originally Published: July 8, 2014 7:03 p.m.
"Reading the green" is the ability of a golfer to determine how the ball will roll on the putting surface by observing how the grass is growing.
The main things to look for in "reading your putt" are: Is the ball going to roll uphill or downhill and about how much? How much will the ball break (or curve) to the left or right? And is the green fast or slow? Remember that a putt will break more on fast greens than it will on slow greens. Before you play, always hit a few putts on the practice green to get the "feel" of the putting surfaces for that day because conditions of the grass will change.
In a future golf tip we will discuss how to read the "grain" on the putting surface.
Mack McCarley, is the PGA Golf Professional at the Antelope Hills Golf Courses and is a member of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame