Golf Tips: Green Reading 101
By Jeff Otto, Minnesota Golfer magazine
A general rule to remember when reading greens is that 90 percent of all greens tilt back to the fairway. Only two, maybe three, greens break from front to back (high to low) on any given round. With that in mind, start reading the green by the cup.
First, when you walk off the putt to learn the distance, use your feet to feel the levelness of the putt. Second, keep in mind that 75 percent of the break happens within 25 percent of the distance to the hole. On the way back to your ball, stop halfway on the low-side to get the big picture. Finally, after taking in all the information, determine your starting line from behind the ball.
Jeff Otto is the Director of Instruction at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie and a Class A member of the PGA of America.