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Why Use the Pendulum Putting Method

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Reading Greens

Reading Greens- 3 Things to Consider

When properly reading greens for your putt, no matter if it is a longer or shorter, there are a few factors that have to be taken into account.  Here we will get into the most important aspects of reading your putt, and they will involve speed of the putt, or whether it is an uphill or downhill putt; contour of the green, or will it break left, right, or not at all; and the type of grasses you are putting on.  This last point sometimes is overlooked in putting a golf ball, but knowing the differences and what they can do to a ball is often the difference between making it and leaving it on the lip.

First, Judge the Speed of the Green

Reading greens1.  Speed.  When discussing speed, it is obviously imperative to know whether you are putting uphill or downhill.  But note that the same length of putt will have a much different break if it is an uphill or downhill putt.  When putting downhill the putt will still be moving, even at a slower pace, for a much longer period of time than the uphill putt.  The slower the ball is rolling, the more break it is going to have.

Therefore, if you are looking at a downhill putt, expect the break of the putt to be much greater than the same distance putt uphill, or even a straight putt.  Also, the break around the hole is going to be much greater than that at the beginning of the putt, as that is when (we hope) the ball will be traveling the slowest.  As a result, the break at the hole or just preceding it will have almost the entire break in most putts, so concentrate in that area as far as how much break to play for in the putt.Golf Greens

  1. Contour of the green.  When approaching the green is the best time to assess the contours that the designer built into each green.  When he built the green he knew it had to have proper drainage, so he built it so it would drain into a nearby pond or creek.  When assessing the contour, it is good to know the general slant of the green, because a pin placement that is set in an area of the green that goes against the overall contour can be easily misread.  When you establish the line, your putt then becomes a straight putt, and even though you may be on a slope, it will break little if any until it slows down near the hole.  Remember, more speed equals less break.
  2. Grass of the putting surface.  We get into this in more detail in types of grasses on putting greens, but we wish to emphasize the point that the grass on the putting surface is very important as to what it will do to your putt.  Bermuda grass in the south will cause the ball to react much differently than northern bent grass, both in speed and in grain, or the direction the blades of grass grow, therefore affecting ball direction.

 

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