Approaching a Sloping Putt Well Briefed and in the Right Frame of Mind is the Best Way to Hole it.
Many simple-looking holes are strengthened by heavily contoured greens, so make life easier for yourself by taking precautions.
ASSESS THE GREEN
Many parkland courses have relatively flat greens - you can deal with fairly easily if you have a smooth putting stroke
Heathland and links courses are a more complicated matter - their greens are designed to make you concentrate until your ball disappears into the hole.
When top players practice before a tournament, they size up the green from all angles. Putting from every part of the green helps them learn the best spot on which to land their approach shots - if their on target they can look forward to a birdie putt.
You can make putting on sloping greens a lot easier by copying the pros. If you play the same course regularly, make a note of the best and worst parts of the greens. Aim your approach shots to the areas which offer the straightest putts.
Don't be content to hit the green anywhere - the most inviting spot may leave a three-putt.
To assess how much the ball will move on a slope, you must get a feeling for the speed of the green. If the speed of the practice green is the same as the greens on the course where you play, spend some time putting beforehand. You'll putt far more confidently during your round.
The speed of your putt affects it's line. A softly struck putt reacts to the subtle slopes more acutely than a firmly hit shot. If the green is fast, hit softly so that you don't over hit - allow for movement.
Bear in mind that a putt will not swing as far on a wet green as it does on dry grass. A putt on a wet green may leave a track in the grass as well, which gives an excellent indication of the swing.
Look at your putt from all angles to check the line - one view on its own could deceive.
Whatever the slope on your line, hit your putts straight. Let the borrow you've allowed roll your ball towards the hole. Never try to spin or curve a putt. Keep a positive image of the line in your mind and hit smoothly.
UPHILL AND DOWNHILL PUTTS
Always try to give yourself an uphill putt rather than a downhill one. A fast uphill putt that hits the back of the hole may still drop in. But a speedy downhill putt is risky - even if it's "dead on line" the momentum may send your ball flying over the hole and off in the distance.
SHADE YOUR EYES
To concentrate on the line of our putt, crouch down on your haunches and shade your eyes as you read the green. This helps give you a clearer, better defined picture of the putt you have to make than a wide and distracting view of the whole green - which disturbs your concentration.
Lesson 1: By PoGo
Lesson 3: Putting on two tiers
Lesson 4: Plumb-bobbing
Lesson 5: Judging the grain
DRILLS and GAMES