In this tip, PGA Pro Todd Kolb gives us some basics that are good for anyone while attempting to read a green. The first thing that you should do is survey the green as a whole as you approach it.  Typically, an entire green will break in general direction, which is something that you can observe as you walk onto the green and should keep in mind while reading your putt.

The second thing that you are going to do is walk off your putt.  That means that you walk from your ball in a straight line to the hole, which will allow you to think about how far the putt really is.  While you are walking to the hole, Todd says the best thing you can do is think about what your feet are doing on the green.  Think about if you are feeling any break or slopes that perhaps you wouldn’t have seen with your eyes when reading the putt.

The third thing that we are going to want to do is to pick out a target line or a spot on the green when you want to hit the ball to allow the ball to finish in the bottom of the hole.

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