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Green Reading Lesson In The Rain

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Saturday, August 4th, 2007
Categories: Golf Instruction

Yesterday I had a tee time with my pop at his club. This club is a beauty. It has been rated the best in my state a few times by Golf Digest.

It was raining very hard when we got there so we had to wait it out for a while. While having a drink in the clubhouse, we looked over the 9th green and were discussing how the water was gathering on the green. We discussed how we didn’t realize the green’s low point ran from the back right (as you approach) to the front left. We always considered it to be straight from back to front downhill. This explained to us some of the subtle breaks that we haven’t been able to read. The water on the green showed is breaks we didn’t know were there.

wet green

In the 2nd picture below I’ve drawn in some arrows to show the breaks in the green. The arrows obviously run downhill. Oddly enough, this was the only hole I birdied after the rain stopped and we got out on the course. I didn’t birdie it because I knew the breaks though. I birdied it because I knocked a lob wedge to one foot and gave myself a no-brainer putt with no break…

wet green with breaks
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