Tried it todayJune 20 2011 at 5:46 PM
|Snowman (Login Snowman9000)|
SAGF Members 2006
Response to Aimpoint green reading clinic
I got a chance to work on the skills I need to acquire in order to use the Aimpoint system. Before I quit, I walked over to one of the real greens and read a real tough putt.
The greens are slow at 8 speed.
The hole was on a 4+% slope. That is considered "severe" and if the greens were much faster that hole would be nearly unplayable.
I walked around it and found the high and low zero break lines. I had to verify my guesses with the digital level I bought. The plan is that over time I will do it with my feet, quickly. And only the high or low point, depending on the putt I am reading. Not both.
Then I dropped a ball at 10', determined it was 60* downhill (10 o'clock). This would be the toughest putt, fast downhill left to right. The chart said aim 20" off the left edge. I used 18" because my practice showed the speeds were a bit slower than 8. I stuck an aim peg 18" left of the hole and lined up my ball at it. The first attempt stopped an inch short of the cup. So did the second. The next one rolled in. In real life, the first putt would have been a high quality result for that difficult putt.
It works. Obviously I need to build the skills to make it happen in real time. Meaning correctly estimating percent slope, and finding the top or bottom of the slope for the hole, within 10 seconds or so. Once those two things are settled, the rest of the "read" is foolproof. The confidence of aiming to an exact spot versus "somewhere about there" is nice.
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