More AimPoint Green Reading Tips

September 21st, 2009 by John Graham Leave a reply »
Do not waste your time standing behind your ball and staring at the green on the way to the hole. This is not how you read the green. This is helpful with picking a place to aim but not much else. Your job is determine what kind of pin location you’re dealing with and where you are on the green. Now what does that mean, “where you are on the green”?

Your job is to figure out where you are in relation to Zero Lines. These are the places where the net break is zero. You aim at the center of the hole. Sometimes that will be either straight up or downhill and sometimes it will be double breaking putts. Standing behind the ball and staring at the ground does nothing to help you do this.

As you learn more about the AimPoint Green Reading method, you will learn where to expect these zero lines. The straight uphill and downhill ones are pretty self explanatory. The double breaking ones can be more of a challenge. Any time the pin is located on a part of the green that is sloping in the opposite direction than where you’re ball is, you will have a double breaking putt.

Hitting it harder does not eliminate the early break. Gravity is a very consistent force and it always applies. The ball will roll downhill. Period. You can’t just look around the hole to determine the break for the whole putt.

Depending on where you are relative to these zero lines will help you determine the expected break. This is especially accurate 20 feet and in.

So while you are waiting for your turn, use your time to determine where you are and you’ll have a better chance of making the putt.



  1. Karl says:

    Hi, great article!
    However I’m woundering, when I have found the zero line how do I know how much the put will break? For example if I’m lying 5 feet right of the zero line how do I know how much the put will break? I hope you understand what I mean.

  2. John Graham says:


    If you have been to a Fundamentals Clinic, the answer would have been given there. Basically, a general answer would be the greater the angle to the zero line the more the ball will break.


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