Blazer teaches putting method that could revolutionize golf
Justin Blazer, the director of instruction at Duran Golf Club, demonstrates AimPoint Express, a method of reading greens that can help golfers accurately predict how a putt will break.
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It’s become one of the hottest topics on the PGA and LPGA Tours in recent months, it is used by both the No. 1 men’s and women’s players in the world, and Justin Blazer, Duran Golf Club’s director of instruction, can teach it to you in just 30 minutes.
By using the AimPoint Express method of putting, you can not only learn how to read greens better, but also predict just how much the ball is going to break.
That could give golfers of any kind of level an edge to help them turn their putting game from a weakness to a major strength. And it’s easy to learn.
“I think it’s going to revolutionize the way we read greens and the way we putt,” Blazer said. “Now, it’s predictable.”
Founded by Mark Sweeney, AimPoint technology has been used on Golf Channel broadcasts since 2007 and even won the George Wensel Award for Technical Achievement at the 2007 Sports Emmy Awards.
World No. 1 men’s player Adam Scott has seen a remarkable improvement in his putting stroke since he started using the AimPoint method. In 2011, Scott ranked No. 143 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting.
Heading into this year’s U.S. Open, he was ranked 18th in that same category.
Stacy Lewis, the LPGA Tour’s top-ranked player, also uses the AimPoint system.
According to Aimpointgolf.com, an instructional session will teach you — among other things — how to accurately identify the slope, how the slope’s direction and grade will affect the break and how to determine precisely how much each putt will break.
The best part is, you don’t have to be a pro-level player to be able to use the AimPoint system. In fact, AimPoint Express — which debuted in February — originally was designed to make it easier for younger players to understand.
Now, it’s really taking off.
“The crazy thing was it was originally designed for kids, and the Tour players fell in love with it,” Blazer said. “The handicappers, the average players, fell in love with it because it was so easy.
“You only need to teach them a couple of skills and in 30 minutes, I can have any level of player — from someone who has not even stepped on a course before to someone who is an elite Tour player — predicting break and getting the same reads I’m getting, which I find to be fascinating.”
Blazer, one of only 14 AimPoint Level 2 instructors in the world, has taught the method to young players, women on the Symetra Tour, and also the Florida Tech men’s and women’s golf teams. He has done some clinics at Duran, and plans to do more in the coming months.