Jon Rahm On Why Green Reading Books Should Be Banned

The World No.2 thinks that green reading is a talent and a skill, which the greens books take away from the game

Jon Rahm On Why Green Reading Books Should Be Banned
(Image credit: Getty Images)

The World No.2 thinks that green reading is a talent and a skill, which the greens books take away from the game

Jon Rahm On Why Green Reading Books Should Be Banned

Jon Rahm says that he doesn't think green reading books should be allowed on tour as reading a green is a talent and a skill that can be developed.

The Spaniard thinks that the books, which show slopes on the greens to help players and caddies with reads, take away from the game.

Greens books are controversial with fans, who, on the whole, would probably tend to agree with the former World No.1's viewpoint.

Some may also believe that they slow play down, too.

"I don't use those books. My caddie gets them," the World No.2 said ahead of the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession.

"I don't look at them because I'm a feel player, I trust what I see.

"If I have a question, I'll ask him, and he might look at it if we're in doubt.

"I've never spoken of this, I have to be honest, I don't think they should be allowed. That's my opinion.

"I think being able to read a green and read a break and understand the green is a talent, it's a skill that can be developed, and by just giving you the information, they're taking away from the game.

"Again, I think being able to read greens and understand greens, it's a talent, it's part of the game, and like I said, it's a skill that can be developed or not. So that's my take on it."

Rahm isn't the only high-profile golfer to speak up against the books in recent years.

Ian Poulter called for them to be banned in 2017, and two years later Gary Player said that you should sell tomatoes if you can't read greens.

Ian Poulter's tweet in 2017:

See more

Let us know your views on social media

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x