Aimpoint Golf: The Ultimate Green Reading Tool

Aimpoint GolfI f you have watched any golf in the past few years on TV you have noticed the aiming graphic that is used to show where the player should aim and what path a ball that is going in the hole should take.

What you have also likely noticed is that when the ball goes off that digital path, it doesn’t go into the hole. This is usually followed by the tour pro making some kind of hand gesture right or left, showing how the ball should have moved based upon the line they saw.

The cliché of “seeing is believing” is not always the case with putting. We have all had putts that we read right to left that break to the right. Putting has the mystical aura of “feel” associated with it, and with some good reason. Think about your  long vs. short putts. Many of us will line it up and just have a “feel” for how hard to hit it and on flat putts we are pretty good at this. What gets to be an issue though is using “feel” to judge breaks on putts and where we should be aiming. Feel definitely helps in judging distance on putts, but maybe we need something more precise for figuring out where the putt should actually be aimed.

Pat Walsh, PGA Level 1 Certified Aimpoint InstructorWhat if instead of relying only on feel, you could also use science to read the break? What if aiming by feel could be replaced by aiming with math, physics, and three-dimensional geometry? Even better, what if the math was already done for you? Enter AimPoint. That line on TV is based upon science and is the product of AimPoint developer Mark Sweeny’s research and innovation. The line on TV and the line you can read on your course are not based upon feel, but science. If you putt on that line at the correct speed, the ball goes in. Period.

So I took a class from local Aimpoint certified instructor and PGA professional Patrick Walsh at Imperial Lakewoods Golf Club in Palmetto. The green reading started with the simple concept of uphill and downhill putts. On a planar green there will be only two putts that are straight. One will be uphill and one will be downhill. As you move away from those straight putts, your putts will break.

A key to the Aimpoint system is finding the straight putt or the “zero line”. It’s a matter of finding the transition point between uphill and downhill with your feet. Putts located to the right of the zero line break left and putts to the left of the zero line break right. If you can estimate where the zero line is, you will always know which way your putt breaks.

For more detailed information, go to To contact Pat Walsh, call (727) 709-4171 or e-mail:

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