What To Do On The Green
How To Golf with Kathryn Newton: What to do on the green
Released on 3/2/2016
Okay, so you hit your tee shot in the fairway hopefully,
and then you hit your pro shot on the green.
Once you get the ball on the green you can clean your ball
and get ready to putt it in the hole.
The green is considered only the shortest grass
you see on the hole and should be clearly defined.
The grass that surrounds the green
will be a little bit taller.
You'll see the difference.
If your ball is on the green, and only on the green,
you can pick it up and clean it.
It probably has grass stains or mud on it.
If you want to pick it up first you have to mark it.
You can mark its position with a coin
or a smaller object like a tee.
Just put the marker right behind the ball
and then you can pick it up.
Once it's off the green you can clean it and replace it
and then remove the mark and putt out.
Remember a couple more things about the green,
most have slopes that have to be
taken into consideration when you putt.
It could make the ball drift left or right of your target
or move faster or slower than you thought.
Try to feel the slopes with your feet
and use the gravity to your advantage
to get the ball in the hole.
Also remember that playing quickly is important.
You don't have to keep marking your ball
and lifting it after every putt.
If it's clean and not in the way of another players putt,
leave it on the green until you're done.
Oh, and here's another little tip for you,
most golfers play by an unwritten rule
that if it stops close enough to the hole
and they think that you can putt it in,
it's called a gimme.
It's against the rules in tournament stroke play
but if the other golfers in your group
agree that it's close enough,
you can just add one stroke to your score
and pick up the ball and move on to the next hole.
Is this a gimme?