Symptom:  You struggle to read your putt and with reading the green.  You often get fooled by breaks that you just didn’t see.

The frequent “I didn’t see that break AT ALL!”

Description:  Don’t wait until you are on the putting green to read your putt; try to read the green from far away, as you walk up the fairway or drive up the cart path towards the green.

Augusta National 13 green read putts and green from fairway read your putt read the green

Augusta National 13 green slopes from back to front as you can easily see from the fairway.

Why it works:  Often it’s much easier to see the overall slope or tendency of a green from a distance.  This is especially true when the entire green feeds one direction or another without much undulation, such as to the water, or away from a mountain, or back-to-front, etc.

Read Your Putt and the Other Three Putts as Well

While you are at it, you should also take the opportunity to read everybody’s putts from a distance, to give you more insight into your own putt.  Especially if they are away.  You will learn from how their putt behaves.

So don’t daydream in the cart as you drive to the green, read the green and read your putt instead!

Check out this flyover tour of Augusta National Golf Club, and pay particular attention to the greens.  Granted, you may never play this course, or take a helicopter tour of the layout, but the point is that you can see what the green is doing from 150 yards away.  Have a look:

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