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Joint Statement Regarding Green-Reading Materials May 1, 2017 The R&A and the USGA believe that a player's ability to read greens is an essential part of the skill of putting. Rule 14-3 limits the use of equipment and devices that might assist a player in their play, based on the principle that golf is a challenging game in which success should depend on the judgement, skills and abilities of the player. We are concerned about the rapid development of increasingly detailed materials that players are using to help with reading greens during a round. We are reviewing the use of these materials to assess whether any actions need to be taken to protect this important part of the game. We expect to address this matter further in the coming months. FWIW I think they're talking about stuff like this… Edit (2018-10-15): The final "rules" are out:
http://www.golfdigest.com/story/10_rules_jim_mackay First sight is best sight. - Meh. Architects (try to) fool you all the time. And, I would say, nothing involving "sight" is best. Read with your feet, too. - This is the only tip that should be in this article, which should be titled "Take an AimPoint clinic." Speed doesn't always kill. - Phil also three-putts a lot from five feet and in because he jams putts in. Yes, if you can hit your line within a few tenths of one degree, take a little break out and hit it firmly. Develop an insurance read. - This one doesn't really say anything other than "I don't mind slow play." One read for bent, two for Bermuda. - Uhhhh… okay? Unless he's talking exclusively about short putts, the physics doesn't back this one up much at all. Your partner must love the read. - That's fine advice if you're playing with a partner, yes. The best look: behind the hole. - I still disagree that any "look" is best. Be wary of plumb-bobbing. - No shit Jim. It doesn't work AT ALL. Know the local topography. - Nah. Almost never applies, and can persuade you to go against everything else. The only topography that matters is VERY local - the topography between your ball and the hole. Respect the comebacker. - Or, if you don't jam all your putts like Phil Mickelson, just tap them in. What are your thoughts? For those of you who haven't taken an AimPoint class, too, I'm curious: why not?
Have any of you ever done it for a course? I know my yardages for my home course very well, and am good at estimating distances anyway. But even after ten years on this course I get fooled by breaks on putts. I was thinking of a winter project for myself, mapping the greens but not sure what it should look like when I'm done, or even how to start. Any thoughts, advice or photos would be great. Thanks!