Green Reading: Unlocking the Mystery

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How to Read Greens: 10 Tips to Make More Putts

Any course has its own personality. Some holes are fun and easy, while others are challenging and treacherous.

Putting is the one part of the golf game that most affects your scores. Strokes lost on the green usually change your day from a great round to a lousy one.

To improve your putting, you must first understand how the greens work. This in turn will improve your putting skills.

Here Is A Few Things You Should Know Before Reading The Green:

How Absorption Affects The Speed of The Green

Soil tests show some greens are as hard as concrete, while others are as soft as sand. The absorption rate could make slow mountain greens play like a fast putting green. Pay attention to the moisture level of the green and you begin to understand the nature of the putting putt you have in front of you.

Putting Surface Characteristics

Your game level determines how well you play around the greens. If you’re a beginner, you will experience greater difficulty reading the greens than you would if you were a well-seasoned pro who practices green reading all the time.

The Speed and Break of the Greens

The speed of the greens depends on several factors, and these factors also influence the break. For example, a green seeded with rye will probably run faster and break more than a green seeded with ryegrass .

Read On the Way Up

As a graduate of a small liberal arts college in the Midwest, I had a great education. However, I did not get an education in the financial literacy. It was only after graduating from college, watching my fiancée struggle with large student loans and bills, and then marrying her that I realized how little I knew about money.

Truthfully, my education in the financial literacy was somewhat limited. I was supposed to take a finance class as an English major. I just never went to the class. Therefore, I was clueless about proper money management and savings.

My fiancée and I were broke and we had a considerable number of debts. We had student loans, credit cards, car loans, and joint unpaid debt accumulated over time with the business we started together; yet, we were living as many others our age in our age did. We would go out with friends every weekend, drinking, eating sushi, and visiting bars without a care in the world. We had no budget and no plan, we were living paycheck to paycheck. In short, we were not thinking about our future. We were living for today. But, one day, my fiancée said something to me that changed our life. She told me she wanted to reach financial freedom as soon as possible. She wanted to pay all our debts and be debt free.

Always Start Behind the Putt

If there was only one single way to dramatically increase your putting success rate, it would be by following simple instruction; always start beyond the back of the ball. It’s likely you’ve never heard of this rule before, and may be wondering where it came from and what makes it significant.

The idea is to position the ball on the green with your putter behind it and facing the hole. This gives you a point beyond the ball to aim for. Start behind your putt to keep your putter face square to your line of putt.

Keep in mind, the idea is to position the golf ball on the green with the putter behind and facing the hole. The exception to this is when you’re putting from close to the hole, or when the golf ball is close to the hole and not on or near the putting line. When that is the case, you can position the ball in front of the target, but keep your putter back.

It’s a good idea to use the green to determine the line you’d like to take your putt. The green is a unique surface that allows the ball to either stop immediately (bunker) or roll out some distance (hills, steep pitch). Using the green, coupled with an aim point beyond your ball, will help with your line selection.

Use Your Feet

One of the things that I hate the most about homes today is the fact that they are so darn small.

It is nearly impossible to fit an entire living room into your house. Apart from the sofa, there are so many things that that you have to keep in your living room.

Some of the most important things are a coffee table, a table for your laptop and a television. All these things take up a lot of your living room space.

So if you are in a house with a small living room, you might want to actually try and make it even smaller.

I am not asking you to keep a corner of the living room space empty. I am asking you to make your living room more functional than what it looks like.

You can pull out a lot of unnecessary things out of your living room and then use the space for something much productive.

One great idea is to make a small library for yourself inside your living room. But you can make a small library that is really useful and has many features that you love.

You can choose a bookcase and a coffee table and then buy a few chairs and make a mini library within your living room.

This way, you can relax and read a new book and with the help of your footrest you can lean to the side and watch a movie on your laptop.

Choose a Pace Before Putting

You must be wondering, “What’s the point of reading while you bike?” Don’t you need your eyes to focus on the road? Why would you read when you can be listening to music or watching television

” While there’s no denying the importance of judiciously monitoring your surroundings while cycling, you don’t have to sacrifice your health and reading habits as a cyclist.

Here’s the intelligent way to strengthen your eyes and your body without compromising cycling safety. Before setting out, set your bike to a brisk pace and pedal for a buzz. Then immediately stop. Put your gameface on and continue pedaling without any distractions.

It’s rather like going to the gym: The warm-up sets the tone for the workout.

It’s the same with a brisk cycling pace: The fast, brief pedaling initially set the tone for your trip.

This will spark energy in your body that will help your legs go for a long time. And the fast pace you set at the beginning will motivate you to move on to the next level of cycling.

Get out of the house little bit more and enjoy a delicious extra bite of fun.

Remember Local Rules

When you are green reading you need to know the local rules of play.

For example, in golf, it is the hole, not the flag stick is the declared target. If you and the hole are not aligned, choose the flag stick for the target.

In golf, there are two basic ways to place a ball on the green.

The first is to play from behind the bunker.

In this approach the club face is open and the direction is on a downward line from the ball.

The other possibility for getting the ball onto the green is by playing up and over the bunker.

In this approach the club face is closed and the direction is on an upward line from the ball.

Next, consider the location of the green complex. If the green complex has a bunker, then the shot should curve upward or away from the hole.

If the hole is set up in an elevated position, such as the 15th hole at Augusta, the golfer should consider an approach shot that curves downward to set up an easy putt.

In order to keep your credibility as a green reader, be careful to ensure that your predictions are realistic. Stick with the factors that are within your experience, and that make sense to you.

Learn to Read Grain

Wood has grain, like hair on your head. Concisely, the grain runs through a wood section or board from the pith of tree at the center of the trunk outward toward the edges of a piece (or vice versa) and then emerges to the outside at the surface of the wood.

Width of grain can be straight or many forked. Conversely, straight grain is usually parallel to the growth rings, and the grain’s structure is very consistent, almost impossible to break with hand. Grain orientation is not always true. This is due to lumber’s previous life in the forest.

In effect, straight grained wood is hard, careful and machinable but very prone to compression. On the other hand, wood with waving grain is weaker and prone to shearing but is much easier to bend and cut.

However, grain direction is not the only thing that determines woods hardness. Age is another parameter that influence wood’s durability and hardness. Generally, if the wood is the same age, the wood with the smaller growth ring has harder grain and is much denser.

Stick to a Routine

Multitasking is bad for people and it’s bad for trees.

If you have a tree problem, call a tree service that sticks to a routine, such as Tree Care Experts. You’ll know the routine will work and that your tree will come out as expected.

Additionally, a company that sticks to a routine is likely to provide a seamless service. Unexpected disruptions to the routine, like someone calling in sick, could impact your service.

Also, a company that sticks to a routine is likely to be more experienced and knowledgeable.

Quit Plumb Bobbing

Reading the green is the most important fundamental to be mastered by every golfer.

Literally, the ability to read the green is the one that will determine your next shot and how well you adjust the shot to the conditions.

So it is essential that you do it every time.

We have to realize that reading the green has become a lost art in recent years.

Golfers have become more prone to just sticking a club head over a spot on the ground and making their guess.

They then follow through with a poor swing that ends up costing them a stroke.

The seasoned and experienced players are no longer quarantined from this plague.

Seemingly infected with the same disease, they too are doing the same when it comes to reading the green.

Attempting to read the green is really an acquired skill that can be learned.

Apart from visual cues, a lot of it will come by instinct and experience.

So you have to practice as much as you can, preferably with a coach who can guide and instill the right way of reading the green.

But if you can’t have one, you can start with the simple things.

Use the trees, bunkers, or any other improvised line that can create the read.

Learn From Partners

In Crime: How is a Serial Killer Made?

While you may enjoy reading about your favorite serial killer or sociopathic mass murderer, there is no concrete information about the process of turning a mild-mannered citizen into a killer. There’s no handbook that provides guidelines to do that.

While it’s a hypothetical question to most people how a person could become a killer, in truth, the process is a bit easier than one would think.

In 1971, a group of psychologists and doctors decided to conduct a study on 16 males in a mental institution to find out about their life histories and how they ended up in their current situation.

The study that ensued gave us more than just information on the men. It provided us with valuable insight on the process of sociopath and serial killer formation.

What the study found is that a sociopath or a serial killer starts off as every other child did: in a normal household with a normal childhood. No physical, chemical, or emotional trauma that could have contributed to sociopathic behavior left any marks.

When these men were taken into institutions, psychologists observed that most of them had experienced problems within the family, like lost of mother’s affection, strict upbringing, parental overprotection, lack of satisfying relationships and inability to form attachments with peers.

So how does this lead to sociopathy?

Break Long Putts Up

One of the keys to breaking a long putt is to make your body language look powerful. Standing tall with your feet apart and your shoulders square, you will lower your body level more than if you were to stand with your feet together. Your muscles will tense and you will be more ready to strike the ball hard.

Of course, this isn’t going to work for everybody. For instance, on a putt over 40 feet, you’re better off using the keep the putter upright approach. But for most of your putts, you’ll perform better if you break the putt up into manageable chunks.

In doing this, you give yourself a few options for each chunk of the putt.

You’ll also have to putt with different speed and amount of force. You’ll learn how to control the ball to pick the pace in which shots land. If you’re too aggressive, you’ll miss right. If you’re too passive, you’ll miss left. Finding the balance is key.

If you break up the putt into three different sections, you’ll begin to anticipate the ball’s behavior on each part of the putting surface.

Bonus: Green Reading Books

Reading can be an effective form of relaxation and entertainment. Some people like to Read the newspaper, some like to read magazines, some like to read books, and some like to read blogs.

Reading can help create a good image of yourself and transport you to faraway lands while you sit comfortably in your armchair or on the bed. Reading can take you to amazing new places, introduce you to fascinating new people, invite you into their private lives, and teach you things you never knew before.

The way you read, the book you read, the time of day you read, all influence the effect your reading will have on you.

Final Thoughts on Green Reading

So, that’s it. I hope you’ve gotten some useful pointers on how to be more book smart and a lot of practical tools that science has shown you how to implement for green reading.

I really encourage you to take the test, measure where you stand, work on the areas where you need the most improvement, and stick to green reading for a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

Life is short. A lot of green reading is likely to make it a lot longer.


Chapter 1: The Positive Benefits of Green Reading

Chapter 2: How to Know if You are Green Reading

Chapter 3: Effectively Print to PDF

Chapter 4: How to Find Free Books

Chapter 5: How to Deal with Kindles

Chapter 6: How to Bookmark Pages

Chapter 7: How to Get Free Books

Chapter 8: How to Read E-Books

Chapter 9: How to Read e-Books with Overdrive

Chapter 10: How to Stick to a Reading Regimen

Chapter 11: How to Get Green Reading Done

Chapter 12: How to Know When to Stop Reading