How important is green reading in putting?
Apr 4, 2017
By: Nathan Grafe
When asked, “What makes a great putter?”, the solution seems easy. Read the break, speed and slope correctly. Putt the ball in the correct direction with the correct speed.
Instead, let’s focus on the non-technical portion of putting that includes:
- Green reading
- Visual imagery
- A consistent routine
- A belief, confidence and trust that you can make this putt
Green Reading Methods
- Buy or rent a FARO 3D Topographical machine.
- Learn AimPoint green reading techniques.
- Use a Husky digital level. Make sure the level is set to the % reading and not degrees.
- Use a Perfect Putter or Sweet Roll device to find zero lines. The zero line is defined as the straight putt line.
- Depend on trial and error.
At Golf Academy of America, we use steps 2, 3, and 4 listed above in our golf education curriculum.
AimPoint is a valid method that is looked at and studied through its charting, stepping, and reading process. Students use the digital level to read the slope percent to get a gauge on where the anchor points and inflection points truly fall. Using their feet to feel and identify elevation changes teaches the starting point for finding the zero line. Lastly, we use the Sweet Roll device to validate zero lines to identify the straight putt and for visual imagery.
Ever play the Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy games for PlayStation or Xbox? We now have a way to create the “putt preview” line just like in the game to visualize and see the exact line. Once the student can identify where the zero line is, then it falls on the student to train and understand the slope-to-break relationship using the AimPoint method.
Nathan Grafe is a PGA Professional and instructor at Golf Academy of America.