One of the best golf swing tips is to know how to determine the slope of an approaching green before swinging your club. Learning how to determine whether you are approaching an uphill or downhill green can be a most significant golf swing tip.
How many times have you or someone in your foursome determined an approaching green to be uphill instead of level or downhill and in turn over clubbed the golf shot?
On the other hand, how many times have you or someone in your foursome assumed an approaching green to be downhill when actually level or uphill and under clubbed the golf shot?
Irrespective of whether you hit a straight golf shot or not, you will miss the green and it most likely will cost you a stroke in your play.
Reading greens in a round of golf begins even before arriving at the green. It can significantly improve your golf swing and lower your handicap.
It begins by determining whether the approaching green is downhill, uphill or level before hitting your approach shot.
When observing an approaching green it can be very deceiving if there is some type of depression between the lie of your ball and the green, whether hitting from a tee box on a par three hole or an approach shot on a par four or five hole.
Try this golf method to determine the slope of an approaching green the next time you are in doubt as to whether it is uphill or downhill.
While standing behind your ball and facing the green, observe whether you can see anything directly behind it, such as its fringe, some rough or the bottom of some tree or shrub. If so, the odds are the green is relatively level or downhill, considering the average viewing height while standing erect is approximately five feet.
On the other hand, if you are not able to observe anything behind the green or, only the front area of the green, the odds are it is significantly uphill.
If the green is uphill, you should use at least one more club for your approach shot. If significantly uphill you should use at least “two clubs” more.
If the green is downhill, you should use one less club. If significantly downhill, you should use at least “two clubs” less.
Knowing whether the approaching green is uphill, downhill or level and choosing the correct club to hit the green can improve your game and lower your golf score.
Learning how to read the slope of approaching greens may be some of the best golf swing tips yet.