|LESSON 3: PUTTING ON TWO TIERS
When your approach shot lands on one tier and the flag is on the other, you should still need only two putts.
Learning to putt well on a two-tier green saves precious strokes.
Although the putting technique is the same as on a flat green, judging the bank is the key to playing well. Understanding how a ball behaves when it rolls over the step is half the battle.
Going straight up or down the bank is purely a matter of how hard to hit the ball. But when you're faced with a putt across the green and over the bank the line must be taken into account.
The path of the ball changes twice on it's way to the hole. It first alters when the ball runs on to the bank between the tiers, and changes again when the putt reaches the other tier.
For example, if you need to putt up and across - from left to right - a two-tier green, you must aim at a point wide and left of the hole. The ball moves to the right on the bank then straightens again when it reaches the top tier.
The amount the ball breaks depends on how high and steep the bank is, and the pace of the putt. The higher the bank, the more the ball moves off line, and the wider of the hole you must aim. The ball is less affected by the bank if it's rolling fast. If the green also slopes across, take this into account when choosing your line. Once you have chosen your line you must judge the pace.
For a downhill putt going across a flat two-tier green from left to right, you must learn to aim to the right of the hole. The bank turns the ball left but it straightens out towards the hole on reaching the lower tier.
The path the ball takes on the lower tier is parallel to the initial line if you judge the pace correctly.
Pick a point on the edge of the bank and try to hit your ball over it. Imagine you're putting to a hole on the step. The strength of the putt should be just enough to for the ball to trickle over.
Make sure the ball reaches the lower tier every time.
A ball 1O feet past the hole is better than leaving it on top of the tier. If the hole is a long way from the foot of the bank, aim at a point on the bottom tier to make certain the ball reaches the target.
When going up the bank remember to take into account the cross slope on the top tier.
You must always get the ball on the top tier with your first putt... even if it goes past the hole.
Never hit the ball too weakly so it rolls back down the slope. You'll be in three putt territory even if you putt sidesaddle.
Choose a spot past the hole to counter the effect of the bank. Imagine you're playing to a hole beyond the cup. If you judge the pace reasonably well you should finish fairly close to the hole even if bank put you off line.
Lesson 1: By PoGo
Lesson 2: Sloping putts
Lesson 4: Plumb-bobbing
Lesson 5: Judging the grain
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