AS EYE WAS SAYING . ..
"HOW EYE PLAY GOLF" > BY TIGER WOODS
SAME ROUTINE . . . WITHOUT FAIL
"HERE IS MY ROUTINE":
A. I take a general view of the putt while standing behind the ball.
B. Walk to the hole, taking a side view of the line to help determine slope.
C. Examine the area around the hole.
D. Walk back to my ball and crouch behind it, the most telling view of speed and break.
E. Stand alongside my ball and make two practice strokes.
F. Move the putter behind the ball and then shift my feet forward.
G. Take two more looks at the line and hole.
H. Stroke the putt.
Eye like that Tiger too . . . clean-cut; professional, and focused !
The Quiet Storm . . .
W HAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET
READING GREENS is a science; In that you must take into account physical factors such as the slope of the green and the type of grass you're putting on. Its and art, too. Having competed on courses all over the world, I've experienced tremendous variations in terrain, weather, agronomy and course conditioning. They all influence how the ball rolls.
FAST EARLY; SLOW LATE > Grass grows quickly - enough that the same putt you hit at 8am can be considerably slower at 5pm. As with all rules, there are exceptions. When I won the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach, the greens got quicker as the day wore on. In the morning the greens were damp and therefore slow; but when the wind came up (as it usually does) the greens dried out and got a lot faster.