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Well read: DiMarco’s advice on the greens
Chris DiMarco shares green reading advice and putting tips with Gary Williams and Charlie Rymer in this Best Of Morning Drive instruction feature.grain a little bit, having a basic understanding of some principles of golf course architecture will help you read greens a little bit. You gotta know the type of golf course that you're playing and when it was built. If you're playing a golf course that was built maybe pre 1950, that's a golf course that doesn't have most of the time any sub surface drainage. So, when you're playing a golf course like that, like East Lake, you gotta look at the overall surrounding terrain, see which way water would drain on that golf course . Nine times out of ten, you're gonna be faced with a putt. It's gonna go down towards a low part of that golf course . In this case actually, East Lake. If you're playing a more modern golf course , look for drainage holes around the greens -Uh-hmm. -because on modern golf courses, the sub surface drainage is there. They'll actually trick you a little bit. They'll have greens that are tilted away from lakes and if you can find where those drainage holes are folks, generally they're two feet amateur. They're not hard to find. -Right. -If you can find out where those drainage holes are on a modern golf course , treat that as like a golf ball magnet. -Yup. -Your golf ball is gonna go towards that drain hole even if a creek or a lake is to the other side of the green. -Chris, have you also-- do you believe in the idea that when you look at the green surface, whatever type of grass it is, if you can picture a large amount of water going in whatever direction it would go and go off the green. Do you subscribe to that at all? -I do. I try to find like the flat spot in the green and then I try to find the straight putt to every putt and then I go from there andon the practice putting green and then once you're out on the golf course , you've already instill that into your mind and then you're just focusing on reads and speed. -I think that for me, you do all that preparation on the practice green and then when you get out there you just get up and hit the putt. I mean, you hope that you can bring what's on the putting green to the golf course . That's the ultimate goal. For me, I'm working on that, I do that drill where I try to make 3-footers, 4-footers and