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How about Adam Scott?
Watching Adam Scott during the opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the gallery buzzed about his new marriage, new status as World No. 1 and his odd-looking new routine for lining up putts. Is he making the Vulcan salute (made popular by Mr. Spock on Star Trek), one fan wondered?
Laughter ensued. What Scott was actually doing was using the AimPoint Express Read system for picking his line.
Brad Malone, Scott’s coach and brother-in-law, is the one who persuaded Scott to experiment with a long putter in 2011. (Scott’s father, Phil, was also using the broomstick with great success.) Earlier this year, Malone took a green-reading class at Kapalua in Hawaii to learn the AimPoint Express Read technique and taught it to Scott, who implemented the system at the Honda Classic in early March. Scott determines a numerical value for the slope of the green and holds up that many fingers less than an arm’s distance in front of his face to pick the line. If he feels like the putt will break left, he measures his fingers beginning at the right edge of the hole.
“The cool thing was when we went and did the math on it afterwards it came out shockingly well,” he said. “From 20 feet, you get the same read as the AimChart within 2 inches.”
At Colonial, Scott made three huge putts that contributed to his playoff victory over Jason Dufner. On 14, Scott rolled in a 39-footer for birdie to climb to 9 under and a share of the lead.
“TV didn’t show him aiming on that one but he checked the side slope, then he got behind the ball and got his picture and whatever spot you get, that’s where you hit it,” Sweeney said. “I guess he played a 3 because it was a decent slope.”
Scott seemed reluctant to let the secret of his putting success be known, but the cat is already out of the bag. Sweeney ticked off several Tour pros that are using Express Read too, including Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III, and Ben Crane. What better validation for Sweeney’s green reading technique than victory by the new World No. 1?
“I’ve been teaching green reading for eight years,” Sweeney said. “This technique has gone viral quickly because it’s such a simple read. There’s only one thing you do: you get your side slope, get your picture and then you go. No walking around, no squatting down. It was designed for young kids but it’s taking off at the pro level on down.”
By Adam Schupak
May 27, 2014 5:11 p.m.
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