A key to putting well is the information you collect before the stroke.

One of the most common issues I see with amateur golfers is when they step up to a putt with little to no understanding of where the putt will break.

I’m going to give you a simple little tactic you can use to ensure you’re giving yourself the best chance of holing those putts.

Here’s a quick summary of the absolute musts for increasing your chance of rolling that ball into the hole. Get studying before your next round:

1. Green-reading is the most important skill to develop as this dictates your distance control and start line.

2. A good green reader shifts their perspective and takes in as much information as they can about the putt.

3. Determine the high and low side of the putt. Walk to, and stand on top of the straight uphill line.

4. From that position, assess how far away from the straight line your ball is and the severity of the slope. This dictates how far out you will aim.

5. Finally, once aligned, make some practice strokes next to the ball thinking about the distance you wish to hit the putt.

Kerrod Gray is an industry-awarded PGA professional and the spearhead of a new generation of golf coaches. He is based at Joondalup Resort in Perth. Visit kggolf.com for more.