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Make More Putts - Start With The Correct Read
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November 24, 2015
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Want to make more putts? Chances are you may need to play more break.

Earlier this summer I had the pleasure of spending some time with John Graham, a PGA Professional who works out of Webster, New York.

John, if you are not familiar with him, is a specialist in putting (and short game) with an emphasis on AimPoint Green Reading. While myself, a fellow professional, and the top ranked Canadian in the American Junior Golf Association rankings were all there to specifically learn about the simplified AimPoint Express, it was the first it of instruction we had with John that really opened our eyes.

Working with some of the best professionals in the world, including a Masters champion, John has found that one of the things most people do really poorly is something fundamental to putting - proper aim. We all tend not to play enough break.

You know all those putts that go low past the cup and you think you did not hit them hard enough? More than likely your speed might have been okay but you did not nearly…

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November 24, 2015
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November 24, 2015
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I've been following the AimPoint the last couple of years but haven't tried it myself.  I can't feel the degree of slope in my feet but can give a good visual of the amount of slope but I really have a problem when there is a double slope which I still think AimPoint does too.  My problem with some of the players I've watched using it is the time it takes and also many start walking their line of putt and are very close to walking on it intentionally.  This is being talked about at the higher levels with the Rules people.  One guy I play with regularly uses it and is quick and doesn't walk the line of putt.  He says it has helped but he was a good putter before and still is a good putter.  I guess when you feel it's helping you putt better.   It will be interesting how many people on here have tried it and are still using it.   Watching Lydia Ko on the weekend there were a number of times she looked like she was actually walking on her line of putt to check the slope.  

I know when my buddy puts up his 3 fingers I just stick my middle one up and asks if he needs one more.  Laugh

November 24, 2015
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I've been following the AimPoint the last couple of years but haven't tried it myself.  I can't feel the degree of slope in my feet but can give a good visual of the amount of slope but I really have a problem when there is a double slope which I still think AimPoint does too.  My problem with some of the players I've watched using it is the time it takes and also many start walking their line of putt and are very close to walking on it intentionally.  This is being talked about at the higher levels with the Rules people.  One guy I play with regularly uses it and is quick and doesn't walk the line of putt.  He says it has helped but he was a good putter before and still is a good putter.  I guess when you feel it's helping you putt better.   It will be interesting how many people on here have tried it and are still using it.   Watching Lydia Ko on the weekend there were a number of times she looked like she was actually walking on her line of putt to check the slope.  

I know when my buddy puts up his 3 fingers I just stick my middle one up and asks if he needs one more.  Laugh

Hi Gerry....double breaks are not part of the Express system...you still have to use some intuition for that.

It is all about probability - nothing will guarantee you make more putts; you are just trying to increase your odds.

As for players appearing to be on their lines, this is discussed in Aimpoint training and players are reminded that they cannot step on their lines, of course since they are usually playing a higher line that what most people do (those observing) and they stand on the low side of the line to feel the slope, many people begin to think they are on the line (likely the one the non-aimpoint person might play).  

Of course, only the player knows what line they intend to play. As the rules state -  “the line that the player wishes his ball to take after a stroke on the putting green” including “a reasonable distance on either side of the intended line”.  Guessing that "reasonable distance" will be defined more shortly.

I tend to use the aiming knowledge learned from the training rather than finger reads but occasionally use them to back up what I see with my eyes and feet.  

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November 24, 2015
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The reasonable distance is really what they're looking at.  The R&A had a good video with John Paramour talking about it.

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I too having been following the AimPointers with interest.  Does it matter what type of putter you are?  I find I putt best with minimal "grind" - just see it and hit it.    Seems the more I read and study a putt the worse the result - you've heard the saying "I fell so in love with the line that I forgot to hit the putt" - that was meant for me I'm sure.

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I too having been following the AimPointers with interest.  Does it matter what type of putter you are?  I find I putt best with minimal "grind" - just see it and hit it.    Seems the more I read and study a putt the worse the result - you've heard the saying "I fell so in love with the line that I forgot to hit the putt" - that was meant for me I'm sure.

Putter used is not relevant and the read in AimPoint express is calibrated to each golfer.  It's a lot faster and simpler than most people believe; much more than the original system with the charts, etc.

I can tell you that one young golfer I know who was a great ball striker and had a good stroke but was a poor reader of greens jumped more than 500 spots in the AJGA Polo rankings this year post AimPoint training.  Did not have everything to do with it but played a huge role.

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Have to agree with Scott, saw same young golfer take leaps and bounds forward in his putting game. Increases your odds and really improves confidence when you see putts dropping more often than not.

November 25, 2015
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I've seen lots about this, and while I understand the idea, I don't buy it. I think it's more that solid practicing with a plan helps than the aimpoint itself. The plan is less important than the commitment to practice coherently. Just my opinion of course. Kind of like all those placebo alternative 'medicines'. If it works it works. Doesn't matter what it is so long as it doesn't make things worse and you are trying to make things better.

For me, I always tend to miss on the high side or short. My momentum control is my struggle. I put a line on my ball and line it up where I'm aiming, then before I pick up my marker I'l add at least 10% more break depending on the distance. 

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I've seen lots about this, and while I understand the idea, I don't buy it. I think it's more that solid practicing with a plan helps than the aimpoint itself. The plan is less important than the commitment to practice coherently. Just my opinion of course. Kind of like all those placebo alternative 'medicines'. If it works it works. Doesn't matter what it is so long as it doesn't make things worse and you are trying to make things better.

For me, I always tend to miss on the high side or short. My momentum control is my struggle. I put a line on my ball and line it up where I'm aiming, then before I pick up my marker I'l add at least 10% more break depending on the distance. 

I understand and respect your perception of it but this has nothing to do with practice oiler353 - what Mark Sweeney created in AimPoint was base purely on the physics of a green in regards to slope and speed and how a golf ball rolls across that. The training is simply showing a person how to read that more effectively. 

You can teach people all day long how to practice and make a proper stroke but if they read it improperly they have a very limited chance of making the putt.

I can assure that the golfer who jumped up more than 500 spots practiced just as hard before he started to use AimPoint...the lengthy practice (with a plan I will add) didn't help him read the greens any better. He had a great stroke and touch but did not fully understand the amount of break he needed to to play in most situations. 

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