Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 634 - November 11th, 2020
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


If you don't take action, you'll never improve.
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Tom's Featured Tip: Little Things Can Make A Big Difference - Green Composition

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Tom's Featured Tip: Little Things Can Make A Big Difference - Green Composition

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This is one of those "a little knowledge goes a long way" tips.

Understanding the composition of greens will definitely help you read putts more accurately.

When I go to Florida and play golf with my brother, I pay very close attention to the grain in the green. Because of the types of grass on the greens there, the grain has a much greater effect on putts than when I play in Western New York.

Applying the information in this article will help you gauge the speed and break of your putts correctly.

There are four types of grass used on putting greens:
  • Bermuda
  • Paspalum
  • Bent
  • and Poa Annua.
Each has distinct characteristics and grains that affect the way your putts roll. Understanding them will help you read putts better.

So, before teeing off at any course, find out what kind, or kinds, of grass are used on the greens. Sometimes there's a mixture or blending. Ask on the phone when you make your tee time.

For example, on a course in San Diego, CA, with greens composed of Bent and Poa Annua grass, here's the analysis you would go through:
  • Bent and Poa Annua grass grow toward the setting sun.
  • The grain of bent grass flows in the direction of water drainage.
  • Looking down grain of Bent and Poa Annua grass will appear shiny. This promotes a faster roll.
  • Looking into the grain of Bent and Poa Annua grass will appear dark. This promotes a slower roll.
  • The cross grain of Bent and Poa Annua grass will bend putts down grain.
Remember to compensate for these factors and your putting will definitely improve.

The bottom line is that every little nuance for improving putting needs to be considered when you play.

Accurate putting begins by recognizing the type of grass, or grasses, of the putting green surfaces. Understanding the distinct characteristics of each will allow maximum readability and fewer three putts.

I can't overstate the importance of knowing the nuances associated with the different types of grass everywhere you play.

It's the difference between putts made and putts missed.

Try it, you'll definitely like it!


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
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Cell: (716) 474-3005

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