Reading the Green


It can be nice for a golfer to strike the golf ball right down the middle of the fairway on your drive or for the ball to come off perfectly on a well struck iron shot. However, the game of golf is won and lost on the greens. As a result, the most important area to improve one’s game is on the greens of a North Myrtle Beach golf course, such as Eagle Nest Golf Club.

The most important aspect of exceptional green play is the ability to read the greens well. “Reading the green” refers to predicting the way a golf ball will roll on the green. This is done in order to get the ball closer to (preferably in) the hole. As a result, the better a golfer reads the green, the more putts a golfer will knock in the hole and the better his scores will be.

An aspect that factors into the reading of the green is the elevation differences of the putting surface. Because gravity pulls golf balls down hills, the elevation differences in the line of the putt will greatly affect the trajectory of the putt. For example, if the golfer is putting on the side of a hill that slopes downward from left to right, the golfer must aim a ways left of the hole so the putt will slide down the hill and hopefully into the hole. Similarly, golf balls putted up a hill will come to a stop significantly faster than it would on a flat surface. In contrast, golf balls putted down a hill will often come to a stop much slower than it would on a flat surface. This knowledge of the physics of the green is important in the mastery of putting.

Another aspect that factors into the reading of the green is the grass that the putting surface consists of. Two aspects of the grass that can affect the trajectory of the putt are the length of the grass and the grain of the grass. The length of the grass, while not affecting the line of the putt very much, can very much affect the distance the putt travels. For example, a putt struck on a green with longer grass travels a shorter distance that a putt struck on a green with shorter grass.

The grain of the grass on the green can also affect the line of the putt. The grain of the grass is the direction the grass is laying on the green. On a flat surface, the ball will mostly break with the grain. When putting into a grain, the ball will not go as far as a putt with the grain. However, in reading a putt, elevation differences affect the putt to a much higher degree than does the grain.

The mastery of putting is very important when a golfer desires to reach elite status in the game of golf. A player can be a great driver and mid-range player, but if he cannot putt, than he will never become an elite golfer.