AimPoint Green Reading System – Turns Reading Putts Into A Science
The ability to accurately read a putt will significantly improve your scores, but amateur golfers are rarely taught this key skill. This could all be about to change with the AimPoint system, which is a simple scientific approach to putt reading.
Manchester (I-Newswire) March 15, 2011 - For most amateur golfers, green reading is definitely more art than science. Some days you ‘know’ exactly where to aim, because you ‘feel’ as though you can’t miss a putt, and other days you haven’t got a clue where to aim, and you couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo!
This problem is caused by the fact that none of us have really been taught how to properly read greens, and how to convert that reading into where to aim, and how hard to hit the putt. We definitely rely far too much on that elusive ‘feel’.
Well, that could all be about to change with Mark Sweeney’s AimPoint green reading system. This system provides a scientific, but simple-to-implement, method of reading a green, and converting that reading into where to aim. The ‘how hard to hit it’ bit is still down to you, but during an AimPoint class you are taught drills to learn your distances.
Dave at MyGolfSpy.com has recently attended an AimPoint class, and he provides his thoughts in the review below.
Will AimPoint Revolutionize The Putting Industry?
If you have watched any golf in the past few years on TV I am sure that you have noticed the aiming graphic that is used to show where the player should aim and what path a ball that is going in the hole should take.
What you have also likely noticed is that when the ball goes off that digital path, it doesn’t go into the hole. This is usually followed by the tour pro making some kind of hand gesture right or left, showing how the ball should have moved based upon the line they saw.
The cliché of “seeing is believing” is not always the case with putting. We have all had putts that we read right to left break to the right.
Putting has the mystical aura of “feel” associated with it, and with some good reason. Think about your long vs. short putts. Many of us will line it up and just have a “feel” for how hard to hit it and on flat putts we are pretty good at this. What gets to be an issue though is using “feel” to judge breaks on putts and where we should be aiming.
Why were you high or low on that last uphill left to right putt? Why did the putt that you read as one cup left go dead straight? Perhaps what we saw or felt was the correct line on those putts was not correct. Feel definitely helps in judging distance for our putts, but maybe we need something more precise for figuring out where the putt should actually be aimed.
What if instead of relying only on feel, you could also use science to read the break? What if aiming by feel could be replaced by aiming with math, physics, and three-dimensional geometry? Even better, what if the math was already done for you?
Enter AimPoint. That line on TV is not Johnny Miller going all John Madden with the telestrator. That line is based upon science and is the product of AimPoint developer Mark Sweeny’s research and innovation.
The line on TV and the line you can read on your course are not based upon feel, but science. If you putt on that line at the correct speed, the ball goes in. Period.
This sounded pretty good to me. Knowing that I could use the same system that is used on TV on any green I play was a strong motivator to sign up for a Level 1 AimPoint class one Sunday last February. I looked through the AimPoint website and the more I read, the more it sounded like something I could learn and use. So, armed with my trusty Byron twisty I headed out to the course for the class.
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