On a fast, downhill putt, most golfers will 3-putt because they DON’T play enough break. Their first putt misses below the hole and travels low and away leaving them a tricky second putt of 3-6 feet.
Here is what you need to know to read greens better:
- Assess the putt: uphill vs. downhill
- Using the diagram above, picture the cup is the center of a clock. Where is your ball on the clock?
- The further away you are from the straight putt (12:00 and 6:00) the more the putt will break. On gentle slopes the most break will occur at 9:00 and 3:00.
- For severe downhill putts more break must be played in the RED AREA because of the speed. You will be hitting the ball softer so it will break immediately off line.
- Moving around the clock, you can gradually increase/decrease the amount of break to play based on your ball location on the clock. obviously, 12:00 and 6:00 are straight putts with no break.The Major Point here: play MORE break on downhill putts than you normally would! The faster the green, the MORE break you need to play.The Major Point here: play MORE break on downhill putts than you normally would! The faster the green, the MORE break you need to play.