I couldn’t let one of the most epic weekends of my professional career go by without writing something about it. Last weekend, I successfully completed the first step in obtaining certification of Aimpoint green reading. For those of you who don’t know about this system, it is by far the most revolutionary green reading system in the golfing world. You may have seen the green line on some of the PGA tour events that shows the player where to aim in order to make it. There is a system that has been devised by Mark Sweeney that shows you, after some minor calculations, EXACTLY where to aim in order to make the putt. Not only did I get a first hand look at the system but I was very fortunate to be able to work with my good friend and Senior Aimpoint Instructor, John Graham (johngrahamgolf.com). Any time that you get to spend time with one of the world’s top instructors, especially Mr. Graham, you end up getting so much more than expected. What I got was an education from the master that will change my career forever. John and I did 2 clinics with 17 participants which included mostly Carmel CC members and a few other loyal students and they got an eye-opening experience that will (if practiced) change their games for the better.
The fundamentals clinics covered all putts from 20 putts and in which is a great place to start. The following day, I spent an entire day on the South Course at Carmel with John learning to read longer multiple plane putts (more than 1 slope change or break direction). This was as much fun as a golf professional could have as i picked it up quickly and was amazed at how accurate it is from such a long distance. I missed a 60 foot triple breaker by a couple of inches and found myself disappointed that it didn’t go in. Before, I would have been happy to get it within 3 feet. Without giving away the secret which you will have to get by attending a clinic…..Here are a few things that I learned from John and the aimpoint method
1. It is a skill just like any other in golf that has to be practiced (no shortcuts)
2. What I thought was 6 feet was only 5 (important when figuring out how far you are from the hole)
3. The process does not take more time than what you would consider a normal green reading process (which includes meaningless squats behind the ball and walking around too much)
4. there was not as much math as I expected (it is already done for you)
After my final certification test in a few months with Mr. Sweeney, I will be honored to be the only Aimpoint instructor in the Charlotte area. Special thanks to my good friend John Graham for making the information easy to understand for my students and for myself. You are truly a world-class coach and an even better individual. I look forward to teaching this method to my members and to whomever wants to learn the most accurate green reading technology in the world and soon YOU will be #MAKINGEVERYTHING. I look forward to seeing you on the putting green at Carmel Country Club.