and will not take the break. The opposite is true for slower greens; there will be more break the slower the ball rolls. •

DAVE: Now make a confi- dent putting stroke. Once you get comfortable, you will make more putts in no time. •

After you determine which way the green slopes, it is easy to figure out the speed of the greens.

around the green, as most greens slope away from greenside bunkers giving you another tool to determine which way the green breaks. •

TIGHE: After you have found the high and low points within the 15-foot circle I mentioned before, connect the two points with a vertical line passing through the hole. Now, standing from the lowest point or 6 o’clock position, draw an imaginary line through the hole from left to right, perpen- dicular to the vertical line that connected the high point and low point. This creates your horizontal line. You now need to find where within this imaginary “pie” your ball lies. If your ball is above the horizontal line the putt will be affected by the high-

point line and if it below the horizontal line the putt will be affected by the low- point line. If your ball is in quad-

rant #2 of the pie, your putt is going to want to roll toward the high-point line and break down that line to the hole. In other words, this putt would break from right to left (for righthanders). If your putt is in quadrant #3 of the pie, your putt is going to want to go toward the hole and break down the low-point line. This putt would break from the left to the right. •

SCOTT: After you deter- mine which way the green slopes, it is easy to figure out the speed of the greens. Speed is very important because if you misread the line and still have good

speed you’re usually not too far away from the hole. •

DAVE: Go to the hole and look at the cup. Imagine you have a pitcher of water and you pour it into the cup. Which way will the overflow run off? This is the direction the ball will want to move as it gets close to the hole, especially as it loses speed. •

TIGHE: Based on the steepness of the putt in relation to the hole and how fast the greens are rolling, you determine how much break you are going to have. The faster the green is rolling, the less break the putt will have as the ball will travel faster

Dave, Scott and Tighe are all available for lessons at Poppy Ridge. Call the pro shop, 925/456-8202, for more information.

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TIGHE: With a little bit of practice you will find that locating the high and low points on the green as well as around the hole becomes much easier. •

SCOTT: Reading greens becomes easier with experience. Use these few tips to help you on the golf course and on the practice putting green.

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