I have been talking about reviewing the AimPoint Golf 'Aim Charts' and I finally got them in the mail and started to try them out.
If you have ever watched a tournament on The Golf Channel and have seen a golfer where they show the line of the putt and where the golfer needs to aim (and they do it with amazing accuracy), that is AimPoint golf, which was created by Mark Sweeney.
Sweeney came up with this idea after watching a British Open on TV and noticing that all of the players in the tournament missed the same putt in the same fashion. So he wanted to come up with a way for golfers to actually understand WHERE to aim. Eventually he discovered that golfers need to be able to read greens, so they can eventually understand how to read their putt so they can eventually know where to aim.
The 'Aim Charts' help the golfer greatly with that. However, they only work on certain types of sloped putts and from 20 feet away. The good news is that is you understand the AimPoint green reading process, you can then understand where you have to aim on all putts, regardless of the type of slope or distance. Below is just one sample of AimPoint's 'Aim Charts.'
I have AimPoint's 'Pro Version' of the Aim Charts which show where to aim on greens with a 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13 speed on the stimpmeter.
In the example above, this shows where to aim on a green with a 10 stimp and with a putt that has either a flatter slope (1.5% slope) or an average slope (2.0% slope). With the aim charts that I have, it actually tells you where to aim on 'flat putts (1.0% slope), Flatter putts (1.5% slope), Average slope (2.0%) and Steep slope (2.5%). But since I don't want to give away the numbers, I just showed this pic where it shows the data for a green with a 10 stimp and for average and flatter slopes.
The first thing you need to do is find the 'Fall Line.' Here's a couple of videos by Geoff Mangum on finding the 'fall line.'
For more Geoff Mangum videos, click HERE.
Once you find the fall line and pace off your distance from the cup, you can use the Aim Chart....provided you're on a certain type of slope and you are no further than 20 feet from the cup.
The Aim Chart is based on a few things as well:
1. The number dictates the amount of inches from the edge of the cup you need to aim. So if a putt will break to the right and the number is '0', then you need to aim at the left edge of the cup.
2. This is for a putt speed of 12" past the cup. If you hit the ball harder than that, you will see less break than is stated in the Aim Chart. Hit it too soft, the putt will break more than is stated in the Aim Chart.
3. Provided you have the speed and the aim correct, this will have the ball drop dead center into the cup.
The thing about the Fall line is a putt at '1 o'clock' and a putt at '11 o'clock' will have the SAME AMOUNT of break, just one will break to the right and one will break to the left. The same with a putt at '3 o'clock' and a putt at '9 o'clock.' This is because they are the same distance away from the fall line.
The way the Aim Chart is designed, the numbers on the left side are where the golfer should aim the putter for a 'Flatter' slope putt (1.5% slope). The numbers on the right half side of the aim chart are for 'Average' slope putt (2.0% slope).
So, because 1 o'clock and 11 o'clock putts have the same AMOUNT of break, you have to use those numbers in conjuction with each other.
For example, let's say I'm on a green that has a stimp of 10 and the slope on the putt is about 1.5% ('flatter' slope). I also find that I am at the 3 o'clock position from the fall line and I am 15 feet away.
To find where I should aim, I have to find the 'flatter' slope numbers and find what is the equivalent of the 3 o'clock position. In this case, the flatter slope numbers are on the left side and the equivalent of 3 o'clock is the 9 o'clock numbers.
So, I look and see that the chart says '12.' Because I am at 3 o'clock, the putt will break to the left. So I now know that I need to aim the putter face 12 inches outside of the right edge of the cup.
Here's another example. Let's say I have a green with a 10 stimp and the putt has an 'average' slope of 2.0%. I am at the 11 o'clock position and I am 20 feet away. So, I have to look at the 'average' numbers on the right side half of the chart and find what is the equivalent of being at the 11 o'clock position (1 o'clock).
So when I look at the 'average slope numbers' at the 1 o'clock position (the equivalent of 11 o'clock), I find that from 20 feet away it's saying '14 inches.' Because 11 o'clock putts break to the right, I then need to aim the putter face 14 inches outside of the left edge.
The good thing is that the Aim Charts that I have are actually much easier to read than the Aim Chart in the pic above.
Here's the 'equivalents' of clock positions to the fall line:
1 o'clock = 11 o'clock
2 o'clock = 10 o'clock
3 o'clock = 9 o'clock
4 o'clock = 8 o'clock
5 o'clock = 7 o'clock
Again, the AMOUNT of break is the same from these positions, it's just that the direction of the break is the exact opposite. So 1 thru 5 o'clock breaks left, 7 thru 11 o'clock breaks right.
I find the Aim Charts and understanding how to read greens using AimPoint golf to be almost invaluable. One of the things Sweeney mentions is that golfers tend to have poor putting technique and poor aim because they have aimed at the wrong places for so many years. I found this to be very true as I saw my aim improve using my laser training aid just by understanding where to aim.
When I played in college I was an exceptional putter, but incorrectly aimed at the apex of a breaking putt. I also aimed my putter head usually off to the right of the target. Looking back now I believe my good putting was due to a very aggressive pace with the putt which flattened out the break and allowed me to make putts even if I didn't aim the putter high enough.
However, if you do start working with the Aim Charts you really need to concentrate on the speed because like I stated earlier, the data is for putts with a speed of 12" past the cup.
The charts conform to USGA rules, and cost $20. You can also get a regular version if you play greens that are slower than a 10 on the stimp. However, Sweeney only sells them to golfers who understand AimPoint's system of reading greens because like I stated earlier, the AimChart doesn't work on certain types of slopes. A
In order to get these, you will either need to participate in an AimPoint Green Reading clinic or you will need to watch one of his videos.
For Mark Sweeney's Green Reading clinic schedule, click HERE.
For one of AimPoint's certified instructors, click HERE.
You can also purchase a David Orr video with Mark Sweeney HERE (although I highly suggest getting Orr's Green Reading Basics video (watch first) along with the Green Reading 201' video).
I give AimPoint Golf my highest recommendation for any golfer and feel it is an absolute must for any serious instructor.