First Time Fridays – What To Do On The Green

First Time Fridays is a new summer video series for beginners to get the inside scoop about how to look and feel like a golfer.

First Time Fridays is here and we have an exciting video this week! This is new summer series brought to you by Kathryn Newton, Golf Digest and Morton Golf. We will give you the inside scoop on how to look and feel like a golfer for all you beginners out there. Golf is an intimidating sport so we want to make it easier for you to feel comfortable from the get-go. Today, learn about What To Do On The Green.

So you’ve hit your driver from the tee, hit an approach shot with an iron or hybrid and now you are (hopefully) on the green. The green is the shortest grass on the golf course. You will use your putter here and you won’t need a hard swing. This is where aim and feel for stroke comes into play.

Around the green is a little taller grass called fringe. You can putt or chip from the fringe depending on if you are close to the green or far away. Feel free to putt if that makes you more comfortable.

Once on the green you can pick your ball up and clean it. Do this by placing a ball marker, coin or tee next to your ball and you are free to pick up. Clean it off and then place it back where it was. You will now putt and aim for the hole!

Most greens have slopes, so you’ll have to see which way ball will go by eyeing the green and figuring how much the slope will affect the ball. Use gravity to your advantage and watch the ball drop in the hole.

Kathryn reminds you to play quickly – don’t keep picking up the ball to clean it and if you are ready to play and not in anyone’s way, putt for your score.

There’s also something call a “Gimme” – if you putt close enough to the hole where it looks like you’d make it in on your next stroke, pick it up and count one stroke to your score. This is another way to speed up the game. You won’t be able to receive a gimme in tournament play, but if you are playing for fun, don’t sweat it.

Come back next week for another lesson on “When To Use The Irons”!

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