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Why Use the Pendulum Putting Method

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Reading Golf Greens Starts with the Type of Grass

In order to read golf greens properly, you must know the types of grasses that you are putting on.  There are two main types of grass used throughout the world: in areas where the temperature is moderate to cool, bent grass will be used primarily, and in those areas that are more tropical, it will be Bermuda grass.  In the United States, in a survey of over 16,000 golf courses found that 79% of them had bent grass and the rest had Bermuda.  As many as 99% of the courses in Florida had Bermuda, compared to the greens in California was split 87%-13% in favor of bent grass.

Types of GrassesThere are a few courses in the south that has opted for bent grass, but it can get quite risky.  This is due to the fact excessive warmth can put considerable stress on them. Additionally, bent grass in the south is more expensive to maintain.

Know the Difference in Grasses

There are substantial differences between these two putting surfaces which can have an effect on the putting stroke. The beauty of bent grass is the golf course will be able to mow the greens much shorter, and the lower they can be cut, the faster they will be.  They will also generally roll truer, which means that you must think to gently roll the ball on the correct line for good putting.

GOLF The Best Putting Instruction Book Ever!On the other hand, Bermuda grass is a thicker blade than bent grass. Even if Bermuda greens are mowed shorter, with the blades being thicker, they are not nearly as swift as bent greens. Realize that the grain of the grass you find on golf-course greens is the direction that the blades are growing and that it can affect the direction of your ball. Several factors contribute to grain.

First, grass blades tend to grow toward the setting sun. They are also affected by prevailing winds and the sources of drainage on the greens. Another clue as to the grain of the grass is to locate the brown or sunburned area of the green because grass tends to lean in that direction. Finally, greens with Bermuda grass are more likely to be “grainy” than are those with Bent grass.

Understanding the Grain

Understanding this is an important aspect of how to putt when reading golf greens.  Bent grass is a much more vertical growing grass. On the other hand, Bermuda grass grows much more horizontal along the ground. Bermuda greens affect the role of the golf ball more than bent grass.

The ability to read greens in fact an art. To do so properly, you need to know how much grain is on a green. Find out what kind of grass a course has prior to when you play. Additionally, figure out where the sun sets and what the general drainage direction is on the golf course. Understanding this information will give you an excellent idea as to how the ball is going to break.

Look at the Color of the Grass when Reading Golf Greens

Yet another critical factor in reading a putt correctly is the color of the grass. If you are putting into shiny grass, it means you are putting with the grain. If you are putting into dull grass you will be putting into the grain. Additionally, check nearby the cup. The hole is cut in the early morning and should have fresh edges. As the day progresses, the edge of the cup which is worn should be the direction the grain is growing.

Keep in mind, if the grain is growing into you, a putt will be slower. If the grain is growing away from you, a putt will be faster. Grain growing to the left will make a putt break left, and grain growing to the right will make a putt break right. Don’t forget, when putting on bent greens the golf ball will break much more with the slope of the green, whereas on Bermuda greens the golf ball will break in the direction the grain grows.

Ensure you work on a few putting drills and hit a couple putts prior to the round. This will help you get a sense for the speed and grain of the greens, and will help your short game immensely.




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