Golf Strategies: Reading The Break Of A Course
Before you set on playing on a particular golf course, it is always a good idea to consider learning as much as you can about it. In line with this notion, a lot of times players are advised to make sure that they are able to have a good experience and learn as much as they can about the break and the grain of the course that they are going to play in.
For those who are just starting out and do not have an idea what this entails, the break refers to the distance the putt will move from either side of the course (left or right). The nature and type of grass that is available on the course will often determine the quality of the break. The grain on the other hand refers to the direction in which grass is growing on the course. These two are some important features that you have to take into consideration in order for you to be in a good position to understand and appreciate how well you will play on a particular course.
There are a number of features that dictate the nature or manner of the break in a particular course. Some of these are:
- The slope of the course
- The topographical elements like mountains and the water features
- The grain of the grass
- The force with which you hit the ball (the most important so far)
In the event that there are some mountains around the course, it is very easy to determine the natural slope of the course. In most cases the green will slope from the mountains, unless perhaps the architect decided to play a really funny game and banked a few holes in the direction of the mountain.
If perhaps the course you are about to play on is flat, try and get the superintendent of the course and find out from them the lowest point of the course. Once you are aware of this point, you can then use that knowledge to help you take advantage of gravity as you are playing.
Once you have these details, it becomes easier for you to play comfortably. In the event that you are paying on older courses in most cases the green will tend to slope to the front from the back. They are designed in this manner to help with drainage.