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Golf Tip: How to Read the Greens

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Learning how to read the greens is not difficult, but requires practice. Taking the time to study the greens from various angles will create a higher chance of success with a single stroke. Use these strategies below to help strengthen your understanding of the greens, and hit your best stroke. If you enjoy reading tips like these, check out our Nike Junior Golf Camps!

Tip #1 - Gauge the Slope of the Green:

No green is perfectly flat. Is the green uphill, downhill, or a little bit of both? Any type of slope will change the speed, and often the trajectory of the ball. Take a look at the green and gauge the overall direction of the slope.

Tip #2 - Take A Look Around Your Putt:

The read around your ball will be the most important one. Take a moment to walk and feel the slope with your feet. As you pace it out, it gives you a feel of what the ground is doing, rather than just seeing it with your eyes.

Tip #3 - Determine the Slope Around the Hole:

The last stretch of green before the hole has the most impact on your ball. Imagine pouring water into the hole and it is overflowing, which direction would the water flow? This will give you an idea of where the direction of the ball will go.

Tip #4 - Visualize the Path of the Ball:

Take a moment to visualize the path in which your ball will travel. The more you run through how the ball will perform when traveling the green, the more challenges and problems you can find and learn to fix.

Tip #5 - Every Single Putt is Straight:

Good job! All the hard work is done, now it is time to put it into action! It is critical to make a committed and confident putting stroke, never second guess your reading. The more confidence you have on the putting green, the more you will see results!

About Nike Junior Golf Camps

Nike Junior Golf Camps is a division of US Sports Camps, Inc (USSC). Headquartered in San Rafael, California, USSC is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps in the U.S. since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high-quality sports education and skill enhancement. Nike Junior Golf Camps offers junior overnight and day camps, as well as advanced player camps at over 130 locations nationwide. Since 1994, more than 200,000 junior golfers have participated in the camps.

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