27 Mar '12, 10am

One rule for reading greens: First sight is best sight. NINE more: (By Mickelson's caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay.)

One rule for reading greens: First sight is best sight. NINE more: (By Mickelson's caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay.)

01. First sight is best sight. I've caddied for Phil Mickelson since 1992 and have seen some tremendous golf along the way, but the first nine holes on Sunday of this year's Masters was the most exciting front nine I've ever seen. Phil got it going early, birdieing the second, third and fifth holes, and then hitting it three feet under the hole at the sixth. We grinded on that three-footer for a long time, because we had opposite reads, which is rare. Phil saw it as a left-edge putt, and I saw it right edge. As I looked at it more, I began to get confused. That's the problem with studying a putt for too long; you end up seeing things that aren't there. Fortunately, I snapped out of it and stuck with my first read. Phil drilled the putt dead-center to keep his charge going. When it comes to reading greens, what the old-timers say is true: Your first instinct is best. So tru...

Full article: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/2009-10/10_rules_jim_m...

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