Even with 40 mph gusts today I was able to begin putting AimPoint Express to the test. Good thing I did too, as it was the only thing that really worked in my game today and saved my round from being embarrassing.
I started by going to the practice green and getting my calibrations, really feeling the different levels of slope so I could refer to how those felt during the round.
Last year I knew I needed to work on my putting. I felt it was an area that was really holding me back. Good rounds putting would usually lead to good rounds, but putting, well it never helped.
I’ve always found the greens at my home course to be challenging to read. I was always either over-reading the break or under-reading the break. Once I had “my read”, I never really felt certain about it. It was more of a hit it and hope kind-of-thing.
I was amazed at what it was like to go through the process of reading the greens with AimPoint Express. The reads were quick, and after I few putts I gained more and more confidence. Amazingly every putt looked like it had a chance to go in. Every putt was on line. I sank a good number of longer putts in the from 8 to 15 feet, and these putts had some break to them.
I set a personal best today with 9 one-putts. Even better it also worked from the fringe and chipping. I read those as well and I almost holed a few of them, and if not I left myself some nice tap-ins. Looking back on the round and the incredibly windy conditions we played in today, it was tough out there. My drives were all over the place. My approach shots were completely rusty. But my putting was spot-on. It feels pretty good to step up to a putt, feeling confident about the line. Knowing that I have a really good sense of how it’s going to break. I will continue to use AimPoint Express and I’m interested in seeing how I can adjust as to faster or slower greens.