Measuring Stimp. It seems like such a simple process. It turns out that the process is simple. The problem is in the fact that greens seldom have flat areas on them to measure. The standard method has been to measure some down hill and some uphill and then average them. Depending on the amount of slope this usually leads to readings that are too high. Here’s a paper that can help with this problem. It’s titled “Measuring Green Speed on Sloped Putting Greens” by A. Douglas Brede, Ph.D.
I get asked quite often from players and coaches at an AimPoint Clinic if the speed of the green they post in the pro shop is accurate. I tell them to check themselves the way I’ve taught them. It’s been my experience that this way of adjustment has not made it out into the mainstream very well because the shop number is usually too high. Hope you enjoy it and please feel free to pass it on to those that could benefit from it.
I’d be very appreciative if those of you that know AimPoint and have access to a stimpmeter could do some testing and report on the accuracy of this method in the comments below. Look forward to reading them.