The New Way To Read Greens

Toward the end of a recent buddies trip, during which nine of us played 15 rounds on 11 courses in eight days, my friend Tim made an observation that struck me. He said he’d always thought of himself as a pretty good putt reader, but that the unfamiliar greens we’d encountered on our trip had caused him so much trouble that he’d changed his mind.

He said he now attributed his previous success to the likelihood that, over the years, he had memorized the breaks on our home course — and I would bet that the same is true for me and a lot of you. Much of the time, on greens we know well, we aim mainly by rote.

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