Green reading is a fascinating and yet sometimes frustrating concept to master, trying to visualise break and speed, the effects of grain, wind and the occasional spike mark you missed taping down – is it any wonder that, at times, putting becomes nothing more than ‘hit and hope’? Learning to recognise the true line of a breaking putt is the first step to building up your confidence.
Making a putt on a slope demands the perfect combination of speed and line. Remember, gravity is a constant. It is affecting the roll of the ball and how it breaks, therefore the slower the ball is rolling, the more gravity will affect the roll and line.
There has always been a lot of discussion about how to best visualise the line of the putt across the green. Maybe the most popular notion is aiming the ball’s initial starting line (a projected straight line) adjacent to the hole, followed by aiming the putter to that point. Regardless of technique, such visualising always stops at the hole!