Originally Posted by iacas
I think you should spend some time refreshing your skills. AimPoint is not a gift, it's a skill, and you have to keep practicing it to keep things finely tuned.
They don't come up that frequently. If you're finding lots of crowns or saddles, you're probably doing something wrong.
I guess you play on better courses than I! Some of the older courses I play on will have greens with varying planes depending on the flag placement. They can have tiers and some ridges and depending on your line, it can have a two plane situation for a 20+ footer.
Originally Posted by MattM
I seem to do that a lot! I'll be putting down hill and get my read that I think will break one way or the other, and then hit the putt only to have it go straight down....
Boogielicious, when you are looking for the planes how can you look at it and tell? Is there something specific you look for? Like I said I have a really hard time seeing differences in slope on the greens.
I look for a shift in plane alone the putting line. If is in the last few feet I may just guess less or more break. Example, a 25 ft putt , 2 or 3%, where the last 5 looks 1% or less. I will play a 20ft putt with the break of the midpoint and figure it will straighten out the last 5. Also, you need to pay attention to speed on these and the last section will be different. You can practice these on a practice green putting to a tee if the holes are cut to examples like the one above.
Another example are the putts where you are on a higher tier. For these, I find the line on the slope down to the lower tier where the ball will go straight down. I find the point on the upper tier that enters that line. Then I do a midpoint read on the top tier putting to that point. This works great. You really only have to worry about the shorter upper tier putt and the speed entering the down slope. I chipped one to 2" a couple years back on a par 3 doing this. The whole break was at least 20 - 25 feet, which is mind boggling if you don't break it into parts. The top tier break was only 10 -15 inches, much simpler to read and visualize. The read doesn't take much longer, maybe 10 seconds to find the zero line down the slope and another 10 - 15 for the midpoint read on the top tier. My buddy was amazed at how close I got the chip. I was aiming almost 90 degrees away from the hole (kind of like Paula Creamers 75 ft putt).
You can practice these if your practice green has tiers. It is fun.