PUTTING ACROSS A WICKED SLOPE
The greens are slick. The slopes… big and bold. The putts… downright terrifying.
Depending on the greenskeeper’s mood, even short putts on fast, undulating greens can break several inches. On long ones, you’re looking at several feet of movement.
Your best bet is to play a bit more break than you actually see. Missing on the “pro” side – above the hole – is a sign that you’re doing it right. It gives you a better chance of the ball dropping, too.
Here’s a good method for putting across a wicked slope:
- When reading the putt, locate the high spot or apex of the break – where the ball will stop moving away from the cup and start rolling toward it.
- Find an identifiable mark – like an old pitch mark or discoloration in the green – at or near the high point.
- Aim at the mark and try to putt the ball to it with enough speed to get it to the hole.
Putting tough greens is scary for everyone, no matter their handicap or touch. But having a good process for handling big, fast contours will alleviate some of the fear… and a lot of the three-putts.
Knock it close!
by Brixton Albert