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Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Very Useful Green Reading Tip from Dave Pelz

This is a really cool green reading tip from a golf.com article by Dave Pelz that can help you learn to read greens by seeing the actual amount of break for a given slope.

The article has a step-by-step procedure, but here are the photos that accompany the article. Note that in the top picture, the yellow ball is right behind the hole. In the second picture, the yellow ball is where you're aiming while the hole is where the ball is finishing. (Yes, Dave has moved the yellow ball to his new aim point in the second picture.)

Seeing the actual break

This is a really neat way to actually see how much a putt will break on a given amount of slope. The best part of it all is that you can see how much the putt breaks at the speed you like to putt! You can try hitting the ball so it dies in the hole, and so it runs 18 inches past the hole, and whatever other speed you want to try... and then you can pick the way that lets you make the most putts.

With a little practice, this routine could really help your confidence when you stand over a putt. I think it's definitely one of the best drills Dave Pelz has ever recommended.

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