Golf Instructor, Golf Team Coaches, & Golf Academy

The following sections are dedicated to the professional golf instructors and golf team coaches to help improve their instructional techniques when teaching with the Golf Green SpeedReader.

Golf Instructional techniques with the Golf Green SpeedReader.

1.     Instructing first-time students
2.     Teaching students how to practice
3.     Practice games to use
4.     Tips for explaining the enviromental factors
5.     Sharing tips and instruction
Common Golf Academy and Camp Uses:

1.     Use to enhance the detail and quality of instruction
2.     Objectively teach and show students how to learn green speeds and putting speed control
3.     Provide as an introductory, promotional, or graduation gift
4.     Use as a prize gift for winning "academy" contests

Instructing First-Time Students

First time users should be strongly encouraged to read the customer tips section.

1. Make sure the student is measuring a level surface in BOTH directions. They should use the average of both readings to find the exact green speed.

2. If you are practicing in one direction only, only use the green speed measured in that direction when practicing to determine the student's backswing length.

3. Place strong emphasis on having the student determine and record their personal backswing lengths for different green speeds on the Backswing Guide Card as soon as possible. This card will be invaluable to them on the golf course!

4. Make the student hit AT LEAST 10 golf balls at each putting distance when determining their personal backswing for that distance.

5. Teach the student that they can learn backswing lengths for different green speeds on the same green. This is accomplished by locating a section of the green that is consistently sloping up or down throughout the entire putting distance to be practiced.

For example, if a consistently sloped downslope can be located on the green, when measured in the downhill direction it should result in a faster green speed number than the level surface green speed.
You may have to measure the speed in more than one location along the putting distance to practiced, but if the measurement is consistent then it is the equivalent as practicing on a level surface at a much faster green speed and your student can now practice and determine his or her backswing length for this green speed.

Teaching Students to Practice with the Golf Green SpeedReader

Students can learn their backswing length on the greens or at home.

Encourage your students to practice at home when unable to get to the golf course or on poor weather days. Encourage them to practice during TV commercials, or whenever. Have them compete with family or friends to facilitate the learning process.

Carpet is perfectly adequate to simulate a green speed. A "5" speed is a "5" speed, regardless if it is measured on carpet or on the greens. article

This link provides some sample putting drills that you can teach your students to practice. Each drill is designed to help your student to develop specific putting speed control skills.

Important techniques to convey to your students:

1. Use the Golf Green SpeedReader to measure the speed of the surface before each drill so you know what speed you are practicing.

2. Use the engraved ruler to measure the distances for precise measurements.

3. Make sure the student uses his or her Backswing Length Card with each drill. This will help them get used to referring to it and to fine tune their backswing length numbers.

4. Play one drill in one direction and then back to your starting spot (remember the green speed might be different in the opposite direction!).

5. Begin with the first drill listed and progress one drill at a time. Each drill increases in difficulty and is designed to develop specific speed control skills and muscle memory.

6. With more competent and/or overconfident players, play the two player drills with them and show the how much more they still need to learn!

Tips to Explain the Environmental Factors that Influence Green Speeds


You can track how much the variables changing green speeds affect the greens with the Golf Green SpeedReader. Dew, rain, recently watered greens, or any moisture can significantly slow the green speed. How much slower depends on the amount of moisture. Moisture on the green will also affect the break of a putt. More moisture will straighten out the break of a putt as the ball slides (as opposed to roll) more along the wet surface. Less break and slower speeds are the rules for moisture.

1. Shadows- can prevent some parts from drying faster than other areas
2. Time of day- earlier usually means slower greens due to dew
3. Weather- Did it rain yesterday? If so, expect slower greens.
4. Cloud cover- direct hot sun can dry out greens very quickly, making them faster
5. Irrigation- troughs on the green can hold water longer than the top of slopes

Reading the Grain

The grain is the direction the grass grows. Reading the grain on a green with a strong grain can be just as important as reading the slope. Mild climates are not as affected because the grain grows straight up. Warmer climates have a stronger grain. A strong grain can be recognized by having a dull and dark apperance on one side and a shiny and light one on the other. The shiny and light side means you are putting with the grain; the ball will travel faster. The dull and dark side is against the grain; the ball will travel slower. A great way to see the effects of grain direction is to measure a green with the Golf Green SpeedReader in opposite directions. The results may surprise you!

1. "Stripes" on the green from mowing patters have similar effects to natural grain
2. The ball will be reflected at a small angle where different grains or "stripes" meet
3. Uphill putts against the grain- putt will be extra slow
4. Downhill putts against the grain- slow grain may actually cancel out the slope effects
5. Line of your putt perpendicular to grain- grain has a sideslope effect
     a. left-to-right putt: grain flows in same direction; the break will be larger
     b. left-to-right putt: grain flows in opposite direction; the break will almost cancel out

Extra Miscellaneous Tips

1. As the distance of the putt gets longer, you will need a longer backswing; however, you will not need to increase your backswing length as much for each incremental increase in putting distance, especially above 20' putts.

In other words, if you were adding 2" onto your backswing for every 3' of extra putting distance, eventually, as putting distances get beyond 20', you will NOT need to add 2" for every 3' of extra putting distance, but less than that. This is what makes long distance putts more challenging to judge.

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