Green Reading 101

One of the more challenging aspects in playing a course with smaller putting surfaces is accurately reading the greens.  With the putting surface being so small, it not only makes hitting approach shots to the green very important, it places a premium on effective green reading.  On larger greens it is easier to see the undulations; picking up on the subtleties of smaller greens is trickier.  One of the easiest ways to visualize a break may be to imagine pouring a bucket of water onto the green and trying to imagine where the water will flow.  Additionally, elements such as mountains and bodies of water have an impact on where putts will tend to break.  Once you have decided on a line of play, stroke the ball with confidence.  Positive thinking is crucial in holing more putts.