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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
AimPoint Bubble Review
of the fascinating parts of learning about the game is when good golf
instruction adapts over time to find more accurate information. While most golf
instruction fanatics prefer accuracy of information first and foremost, the
applicability of that information should also be given tremendous consideration.
While information may be great in theory, it does the golfer little good if they
cannot reasonably apply that to their own game. From there, we should seek to
make the applicable information more efficient and easy to execute.
putting instructor, David Graham (http://www.efloridagolf.com/david-graham.htm),
went over a new method to learning AimPoint green reading earlier this year. The
older method of walking around the putt in a circle, finding the high anchor,
finding the low anchor, etc, is still applicable to reading greens. However, a
new method has been developed to make AimPoint easier to execute and take much
less time. I actually still use some of the techniques to the older method from
time to time, in particular locating the high and low anchor points. And, the
old method of walking around in the circle does help with training yourself to
feel the slope with your feet. But, the new method has probably increased my
accuracy and efficiency by tenfold.
One of the issues I’ve come across in
discussing AimPoint with other students is that many students do not realize
that you MUST practice AimPoint if you want to get better at it. Learning to
feel with your feet takes practice just as learning how to improve your takeaway
in the backswing takes practice on the driving range. The same goes for
diagnosing the amount of slope, deciphering what the aim looks likes from
different putting distances, getting a routine down, trusting the read, and
Many people who have learned AimPoint don’t
understand that and they think that they can just bring it out on the course and
have no problems. If they would spend their putting practice focusing on
AimPoint instead of blindly hitting some putts or putting some sort of putting
stroke training aid device, I believe they would understand putting much better
and would sink more putts.
was introduced to AimPoint’s new product, the AimPoint Bubble. It’s a rather
simple bubble level device that helps detect the slope. It retails at $40 and
can be found here http://aimpointgolf.3dcartstores.com/
Here’s a little
demonstration of the AimPoint Bubble by its inventor, Stephen Aumock.
Originally, I had some
skepticism about the AimPoint Bubble because the price point was not a lot less
than the Husky Digital Bubble Level that I own that I use for AimPoint. However,
I had some issues with the Husky Digital Level as well:
1. It requires
2. It’s about 1 foot long and is a little cumbersome to carry
3. It does not easily find the zero line.
The first thing you
will notice about the AimPoint Bubble is that it is small in size. It’s about
the size of a silver dollar. In fact, if you are practicing AimPoint on the
course, you can use it to mark your ball (obviously, it’s not legal for play).
It is also a basic level of sorts, so it does not require any batteries or any
using the Husky Digital level, the idea is in order to find the zero line, you
want to want to get the reading of the slope as steep as you can. But, I have
found issues with that and unless you understand how to feel with your feet, you
can produce some fairly inaccurate reads using the Digital Level.
think the issue with the bubble levels is that the bubble lays horizontally. The
AimPoint Bubble lays on top of the ground. Plus, it has directional measurements
on the bubble which are applicable to using AimPoint.
While Aumock shows
us how to use the AimPoint Bubble a certain way. I tried it in different
fashions. For starters, I would put the Bubble where the ball is located and
point the 0-line on the bubble at the hole. If it’s a planar slope putt, the
Bubble will give you a read directly on that putt. So if you have a putt that is
60° down (aka 2 o’clock), if you have the bubble where the ball is located, the
Bubble will be located at 60°.
Again, it’s not legal for play. But, I
would use this for practice to help better understand my skill level with
AimPoint. Sometimes I would flip the Bubble over so it wouldn’t show the break.
Then I would go thru my routine of calculating the break and then I would flip
the bubble over and see what it says. I would also use Aumock’s method in the
video and try to see if I could guess the zero line.
What I found was I
have a tendency to read towards 90° (3 or 9 o’clock) too often. And I also read
too much break when I was actually directly on the zero line.
the greatest part of the Bubble is that I was surprised by its accuracy. Not
only from a slope direction perspective, but also in slope steepness. The little
arc markings are spot on for determining the percentage of slope.
the Husky Digital level, you can still use it. The AimPoint Bubble only measures
the slope to 4%. So if you are looking for readings on slopes more than 4%, you
could use both in conjunction with each other.
The only complaint I have
heard is that due to the small size of the AimPoint Bubble that a spike mark
could throw off the reading. While that could be true to a degree, I’ve found
from owning the Husky and the Exelys Breakmaster, that alterations in the green
from spike marks and ball marks actually reek more havoc because they are
electronic. Not that I think it really matters because I go by the old
carpenter’s rule of ‘measure twice, mark once.’
In the end, the AimPoint
Bubble really surprised me with how well it works and I recommend it for