How to read greens

Reading greens is an art that many golfers spend too little time thinking about. Spotting subtle slopes and building a picture in your mind for how the ball will roll requires some careful observations. The first thing to remember however is that, essentially every putt is straight. All you can do is pick your line and hit a straight putt to the apex of the curve. Then, depending on the quality of your read and judgement of pace the ball will either go in or it won't. Before we get into the specifics of green-reading remember that once you have picked your line, aim the putter face at the point at which you expect the ball to break. I often think many amateurs get drawn into aiming too far towards the hole when they face a big, swinging putt. Don't fall into this trap.

Over-flowing with water tip

Of course, the slower the ball is travelling, the more break it will take. That's why you need to pay particular attention to the slopes surrounding the hole. A good tip is to imagine the hole over-flowing with water - where would that water drain off? Visualising this will really help you pick out those subtle slopes that many others will miss.

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Driving Tips

Your power platform
If you want to get the most out of your driver then you need to consider how your set up affects power and accuracy

Hit your power potential
There are certain key mechanics in the golf swing that will help you find genuine speed through impact

Creating resistance
Let's have a look at how resistance plays its part in creating power, something you'll all benefit from knowing

Power pointers
We've discussed how to create speed, but here's a drill you help you establish when your power is being released

Long Game Tips

How to hit your fairway woods
Being a better fairway wood player will lower your scores and help you reach more par 5s in two

Fairway wood setup
Addressing your fairway woods more like the way you set up to your driver should help you to deliver a better strike

Fairway wood drill
We've talked about how we can get you making a cleaner strike, but here's a good drill to help you

Hybrid essentials
Hybrids offer us great versatility but there is an art to getting the right strike from different lies

Iron Play Tips

Your strike point
Being able to strike pure mid irons will set up more birdies chances, so here are a few tips

Shape your shots
Being able to shape shots will help your understanding of the golf swing and make you a better player

The angle of attack
Ball first, turf second, is the key with irons. Here's a drill to help you master this

Short Game Tips

Understanding your divot patterns
Learn more about your own swing path by understanding how to decode your divot patterns

Consider your wedge line-up
Your wedge line-up is critical to how you make your score. Here are some vital considerations

Bunker play essentials
Playing from a greenside bunker needn't be something to fear if you get the essentials right

Putting Tips

How to read greens
I really want you to start spending more time on this, part of the game too many of us just don't address

Building a picture
Taking the time to consider the slopes and building a picture of your putt is key to becoming a better putter

Using water as a guide
Natural slopes can actually help you read putts, so be sure to bear this in mind when lining up

Make more birdies
Here's some putting advice that can help you with that goal of winning this month's medal

Getting the pace right
Reading greens is one thing, but you need to spend time on getting used to the pace of greens, too

My Advice Tips

Why pushes and hooks are linked
Why pushes and hooks are part of the same family of shots and how understanding this can help you

Pushes and hooks: Swing path drill
If you're struggling with your swing I recommend that you see me, but here's a drill to help in the meantime

On the practice range
Use your range to try shaping shots. If nothing else it'll help you understand your swing path

Why slices and pulls are linked
The pull and slice are closely linked and understanding this can help you work out what might be going wrong

Slices and pulls: Swing path drill
Here's a simple drill with a couple of headcovers to help you with your slices and pulls

Setting the perfect grip
So many of your bad shots out there can be the result of a bad grip. Here's some help

Grip faults and fixes
A closer look at where your grip might be causing you to play some loose shots

Your grip and power platform
Using your wrists as levers is an effective way to generate power in the golf swing

Playing from wet lies
In this country we'll frequently find ourselves needing to play from wet lies. Here's some help

The importance of re-gripping
If you want to get the most out of your clubs and avoid loose shots, it's so important to re-grip on a yearly basis, or approximately once every 40 rounds. Find out why...

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