Author: Dave Boivin

PGA Professional, SAC Elite Golf

Golf Tip: Reading Greens and Putting

It is important to take time to learn to read the greens in order to make the appropriate adjustments to your stroke. When judging a green, the latter half of a putt is much more important than the first half of the putt. This is due to the fact that the ball is losing speed as it travels across the green. When a putt loses speed, the characteristics of a green have a stronger influence on the path of the ball. To master distance control, you must learn to read the green and play your stroke accordingly so you place the ball close to the hole, or sink a putt in fewer strokes.

Pitching: Learn to Manage Your Swing and You Will Be Rewarded with Consistency!

To learn how far you can hit each of your wedges, remember that your pitching swing is simply a condensed version of your full swing. To build consistency in pitching, remember that every pitching swing should be no higher than your waist in both your back swing and follow through.

Let the club determine the distance, not how much or little you put into the shot.

SAC Elite Golf Weekly Golf Tip: Putting with Confidence

If your putts are coming up short, or nearly miss the hole, you may need to build some confidence in your stroke.

A drill that helps you build confidence in your putting stroke can be easily arranged on a practice green. Simply place a club horizontally in front of the hole (at the back/leading edge of the cup) so you have to cross over the shaft when attempting to make a putt. Once the club is set in this position, move away from the hole and square up to the shaft of the club. Take a few strokes to attempt to make a putt with the ball hopping over the shaft. It should take you a few strokes to find the right amount of force to put into your stroke. Once find this “sweet spot”, take away the club in front of the hole and see how your new stroke feels compared to your old stroke. You should see that you have a more confident putting stroke that places the ball a little further in to the hole.


Demonstrated at Kayak Point Golf Course