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To Sink More Putts, Read the Greens Like a Book

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Hole #3 at Angelbrook GC.

The green on the third hole at Anglebrook GC is one of the toughest anywhere, demanding not just a careful read and deft touch with the flat stick, but a carefully-planned approach shot to get the ball in just the right spot to putt from. That’s where the new GolfLogix Green Book comes in handy. 

The rules-compliant Green Book, available for 14,000 courses, is a yardage book on steroids. I tried the Angelbrook edition and found its combination of detailed 3-D imagery and sophisticated green-contour data used by the majority of professional golfers in competition is an accurate, useful tool. Even knowing the greens at Angelbrook as I do, the Green Book helped me pick up on hard-to-see subtilties.  

The topographical guides include three views of every hole. Quick-view heat maps outline the green’s undulations and provide large, easy-to-see arrows which help you identify target areas for your approach shots. A second, close-up perspective of the green highlights the subtle changes in elevation and direction that are often undetectable to the naked eye. Combined, the maps help make reading every putt quick and simple. 

The pocket-size printed guide also features yardage book-quality color images of every hole with 50-yard grids to help plan your tee shots and avoid major hazards. For players like me who leave their phones in the locker room, a printed Green Book is the perfect way to play strategically without an app to sacrifice the traditional tranquility of the game.

The $40 GolfLogix Green Books can be found online or in many pro shops.