Two days ago we talked about Green Reading Books and then yesterday we discussed the elements required to make a putt: line, speed, stroke.
Today I would like to discuss the Aimpoint system designed to help determine the amount of break that your putt will have. It is a unique technique that involves using your feet to determine the slope of your putt. Then based on the slope number (1%, 2%, 3%, etc), you will use your fingers to decide the correct line to start the putt. The system is slightly more complicated than that but not much. You have to learn how to feel the slope with your feet and calibrate it to a slope percentage. This isn’t difficult but it does require practice.
Aimpoint was developed by Mark Sweeney. He has taught over 100 tour players including 3 World #1 ranked players, as well asthousands of amateurs and teaching professionals in over 40 countries. He has pushed this technique out to many certified instructors across the country which you can contact for a lesson. Refer to the aimpoint website for a list of instructors. I received a lesson from Tom O’Brien in the greater Houston area. He is a level 3 Aimpoint instructor and did an excellent job explaining the technique. When recently reviewing the aimpoint website, there has been refinement in the technique and you can receive advanced lessons to improve your technique. Overall, this is an exciting technique for improving your putting results.