Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2012 23:36
Sunday, 29 January 2012 21:58
by Gord Montgomery
Aimpoint Technologies is a very efficient way to read greens and is proving itself on the world stage, says one of the certified instructors of the newest method for reading greens.
Claude Brousseau notes, “You have seen it in action during golf broadcasts. It is the green line on the putting green that is based on three components: slope, angle and distance (SAD).
“It takes guessing out of your putting game,” Brousseau, a certified instructor with this new approach to golf explained.
Brousseau, a senior teaching professional at the Kapalua Golf Academy on Maui and Director of Instruction at Golf Court Academy, the first and only 100 per cent short game school in France, is a believer in the system.
He is a regular contributing writer with Inside Golf and was a nominee in 2010 for inclusion as one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Instructors in the U.S.
While many consider “doing it by the book” as the ideal way to teach, and learn golf, the teaching is suggesting that’s not the key to making Aimpoint Technology’s putting system work to its fullest capability.
“You will still use your feel but now it will be a base on factual data,” he said of Aimpoint. “In golf you need to be decisive and committed on your decision. You’re better to be committed on a bad decision than not committed on a shot,” he added.
“You have a hierarchy of skills you need to develop to become a great putter. One, control your distance. Two, start the ball on your intended line and three, read the slope.”
When reading putts, a golfer needs to understand how severe the slope is, what the angle is to the hole and the distance to the hole.
“After that you need to trust. By doing your homework before swinging the putter that should leave you with only one thought in mind – rolling the ball into the hole.”
When the three parts of Aimpoint are welded together correctly the results are amazing.
“If we take Stacey Lewis as an example,” Brousseau said, “she won a major and she said Aimpoint Technology helped her do that.”
The teaching pro said this short game skill can be acquired quickly but “how good you become at it depends on how much you want to practice it.”
The premise, the pro said, isn’t hard once a player understands what is incorporated into properly using the formula.
“Walk halfway between the ball and the hole, find neutral, find how severe the slope is – 1, 2, 3, 4 degrees or more – then find the angle of the ball in relation to the hole with these numbers – 30, 60, 90 (degrees) or somewhere in between.
“Find the distance the ball is from the hole. The AIM CHART will give you the number of inches you need to aim the ball either right or left of the hole.
“If the ball is behind you, it’s an uphill putt. If it’s in front it’s downhill. If the ball is left of you the ball has to go left to right; if it’s to the right, the ball has to go right to left.”
While reading the idea makes it seems like it would take a long time to actually put all the information into play, that’s not the case the teaching pro said.
“It won’t add any time and here’s the reason – if you train 10 minutes per day with this you are able to read a green in about 30 seconds. People waste time walking from one side of the hole to the other, and plumb-bobbing. It saves time for one reason: You’ll make more putts!” Brousseau proclaimed.
In wrapping things up, the slogan for Aimpoint pretty well says it all – Make Everything – or as Brousseau says, “You will be happy to know SAD on the green.”
For a list of certified instructors for Aimpoint Technologies, go to their website at www.aimpointgolf.com
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By doing that, you’ll start rolling more putts into the hole with more confidence than ever before.
About The Writer:
Gord Montgomery is the sports editor of two weekly newspapers in the Edmonton area. He is currently in his fourth year of writing for Inside Golf and is a member of the Golf Journalists of Canada. He can be reached at