I took four hours of aimpoint this winter in Florida. It was awesome. I was burning edges, holing putts. I played a few holes with the instructor and made a birdie on the first hole (a 25 foot putt over two planes).
But when I got home, I couldn't read slope grade by myself. I knew my reads were off because I would miss putts by quite a bit, but I didn't realize how off they were or exactly where I was making my mistakes with the read.
Recently I got the aimpoint bubble and used it during my round on Saturday. I had never used it before -- not even in practice.
I had 25 putts (only 6/18 GIR).
It was a revelation. And it was the first time I consider myself having used AimPoint because before this I kept getting the slope grade wrong.
This system is absolutely amazing. Man, I hope I can read the slope and find the straight line with my feet sometime soon. Until then, I will continue to use the AimPoint bubble during my rounds until I develop this critical feel.
I was playing with an older gentleman during the round and he was blown away by how many putts I was making. I explained the system to him, but I think he found my explanations too complicated, even though I kept insisting there were only five variables you needed to find in order to get the read (to be fair, I remember being severely confused during the first three hours of my aimpoint lesson. It wasn't until the next day, during the fourth and final hour (when I had a chance to practice it by myself and then make a list of questions to ask him) that I started to understand it).
1. Slope grade %
2. Where straight is (angle of the slope)
3. The distance of the putt in feet
4. The stimp
5. Whether the putt is uphill or downhill
The Bubble tells you numbers 1, 2, and 5.
Well, I'm about as fired up as can be about AimPoint right now.
Some highlight putts from the round:
1. Third hole -- 15 footer up the hill for par. I was shocked to see it was only a 1% putt. AimPoint telling me to aim one inch outside the right edge. Draino.
2. Fifth hole -- 6 footer up the hill for par. AimPoint telling me to aim 2 inches left. Draino.
3. Sixth hole -- 15 footer down a very steep hill for par. Looks like its going to break 24 inches to the right. AimPoint telling me it's actually only 2% and that I'm right on the zero line. Aimed left center of the hole. Draino.
4. Ninth hole -- 15 footer down the hill for birdie. Severe downhill. Looks like it will break 24 inches to the right at least. AimPoint telling me it's 4% (maybe even 5%) and that I'm right on the zero line again. Aimed at the left edge and tapped it like I was hitting only a 6 inch putt if I was on level ground. Ball rolls for like 5 or 6 seconds and then draino.
5. Fifteenth Hole -- 55 footer for birdie. AimPoint telling me to aim 60 inches right. Burns the right edge and I leave myself a tap in for par.
6. Sixteenth Hole -- 25 footer for birdie. Looks like 2% with only 5 or 6 inches of break. AimPoint telling me it's actually 3% and I need to aim 16 inches to the left. Burns the edge. Tap in par.
7. Eighteenth Hole -- 45 footer for birdie. AimPoint telling me to aim 36 inches left and that I need to hit this putt HARD (3% up the hill). I barely miss and tap in for par.
I made a number of bogey saving 3 to 5 footers too, with the help of the bubble. I hit the ball horribly on Saturday, but putted like a tour pro. Figures since I haven't been to the range in over 3 weeks or something.
Haven't hit a putt in like 4 weeks either. AimPoint is legit. Having an Edel putter certainly helped my cause here as well. Best putting day I've ever had.
Edited by JetFan1983 - 8/28/12 at 5:07pm