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I need to get my swing more consistent. Also, I need to learn how to read greens correctly. Thanks in advance.
--Andre R. from Toronto, OH

Hi Andre. Thanks for writing I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

For you full swing just write back and give me more details as to why you think you are not consistent. In other words is it direction or contact?

For reading greens the first thing to understand is that your read should start before you even step foot on the green. As you approach the green be sure to study the landscape. Look at what surrounds the green. Are there mounds? Is there a mountain to one side? Is there water like a lake or a creek? The green will run towards the water and away from mounds. If you dumped a bucket of water where would the water run? By time you get up to your ball to mark and clean it you should already have pretty good idea of what the putt is going to go.

Next, squat down behind your ball to read the putt from the ball's perspective. After you have done that make a circle around the hole. Try feeling the slope of the land as you walk. If you feel more pressure on one foot then you know that foot is more down hill. I always recommend squatting down on the far side of the hole opposite your ball to see what it looks like from the other side. This side usually gives you a great feel for the slope. Complete your circle by walking back on the other side. All the while be looking for imperfections in the grass like old ball marks that can affect the roll of your ball.

When you get back to your ball you have pretty much done all you can do to read the green. The next important thing is a solid pre shot routine.

Our Putting Principles DVD highlights green reading and I have about 30 putting drills on the site here to help improve this part of your game.

I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.


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