Without the ability to read greens, you won’t be a good putter. It’s as simple as that.

Many people understandably struggle in this area, but Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach and Calaway/Odyssey Ambassador John Jacobs is on hand to give his green-reading keys.

In the below video, John explains how reading greens is one of the three pivotal elements to good putting and gives some advice on how to start the ball off on the right line.

John talks about trusting your initial instincts, how to understand the topography of the green and how to ensure you don’t ‘over-read’ putts.