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I think that reading a book is not going to be as good as practice reading the green. I use my feet to “read” as well especially on downhill or uphill putts I walk along my line from hole to ball and make a conscious effort to say to myself part “levels off” or the ball may accelerate or slow down on this part that slopes a lottery 

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Aimpoint express is a good video for really (over)simplifying green reading. 

 

There's a lot of experience you have to lean on for reading greens. How competing slopes can neutralize a putt. How the pull of nearby valleys or creeks, like the infamous Rae's Creek an ANGC, effect putts. How grain effects the break. Recognizing what causes a putt that slides instead of breaks, etc.

 

It's more art than science, as such you can't read greens perfectly all the time. You hear on PGA broadcasts all the time, "that putt has been straight all day but the players read it moving left(or right)". There's just some subtleties in greens that can't be read, just memorized.

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I have a green book for my home course that I got thru Golf Logix.  I believe that green reading books should be outlawed.  But since they're not, I use one.  And I've found that they are quite helpful. But first it does help to be able to read greens on your own.  It just gives a better feel all around.  

 

You do have to practice with it a bit.  Just being able to figure out where your ball is located and where the hole is located quickly so you don't slow up play.  GolfLogix has a grid over the green that has 5 yard increments, so you better determine where your ball is located and where the hole is located to make more accurate reads.  

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, RichieHunt said:

I have a green book for my home course that I got thru Golf Logix.  I believe that green reading books should be outlawed.  But since they're not, I use one.  And I've found that they are quite helpful. But first it does help to be able to read greens on your own.  It just gives a better feel all around.  

 

You do have to practice with it a bit.  Just being able to figure out where your ball is located and where the hole is located quickly so you don't slow up play.  GolfLogix has a grid over the green that has 5 yard increments, so you better determine where your ball is located and where the hole is located to make more accurate reads.  

 

Grid size limitations and determining ball and pin location on the grid is one reason I don't find these helpful for putts (and I bought a few of them, unfortunately). To read a putt and determine whether it's breaking 6" or 10", I just don't find any usefulness in these.

 

However, I do find the heat maps useful in determining overall slope and severity, which is excellent for approach chips and very long putts. Because of the green speed at my home course, for example, anything in the "yellow" or more severe areas will always roll down to the "green" severity. So I know that if the green is severe near the edge, I can chip it up as high as I want, and I can be insured that it will come all the way down. To me this is the most beneficial thing about the books, but not on individual makeable putts.

 

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3 hours ago, larrybud said:

 

Grid size limitations and determining ball and pin location on the grid is one reason I don't find these helpful for putts (and I bought a few of them, unfortunately). To read a putt and determine whether it's breaking 6" or 10", I just don't find any usefulness in these.

 

However, I do find the heat maps useful in determining overall slope and severity, which is excellent for approach chips and very long putts. Because of the green speed at my home course, for example, anything in the "yellow" or more severe areas will always roll down to the "green" severity. So I know that if the green is severe near the edge, I can chip it up as high as I want, and I can be insured that it will come all the way down. To me this is the most beneficial thing about the books, but not on individual makeable putts.

 

 

I use AimPoint Express along with the green reading books.  The GolfLogix book don't tell you the exact slope, but it gives an accurate range of what the slope % is and I just determine it with my feet.

 

Played in a team tournament back in July and we had this 40-foot eagle putt.  It looked like it broke left-to-right and the green book showed that as well.  And it did break to the right for most of the putt and then at the very end it basically broke the other way and straightened out.  Each of us hit great putts that missed high because of that last break at the end.

 

I was thinking that the green book didn't see that slope.  Then a couple of days later I tried that putt again and still was confused by it.  After that round I looked at the book more closely and there was 1 arrow that pointed the other direction.  That's fascinatingly accurate.

 

 

 

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