Posts Tagged ‘AimPoint’

AimPoint Express and Speed of Play

May 23rd, 2014

AimPoint Express

AimPoint Express continues to add more and more tour players to it’s stable. Many times in the past, players and coaches were concerned at how long it would take to use the AimPoint system.

Here’s a little video with 2 players at the Masters. One using Express and other is not. You tell me which way takes longer.

AimPoint Technologies vs. Vector Putting, LLC – Lawsuit Settlement

July 2nd, 2013

Here is a copy of the press release from today (7/2/2013) discussing the settlement of the lawsuit concerning AimPoint Technologies and Vector Putting, LLC.

“AimPoint Technologies (AimPoint) has agreed to settle its lawsuit against Vector Putting LLC (Vector), Michael Schy, and David Balbi for a Consent Final Judgment, a Permanent Injunction, and a Retraction of incorrect statements.

As part of the Settlement Agreement, Vector, Schy and Balbi have made the following statement:

“To the extent Vector Putting, LLC, Michael Schy and David Balbi have created confusion in the marketplace and to correct or set the record straight, Vector Putting, LLC, Michael Schy and David Balbi started their business utilizing AimPoint Technologies’ data and methods. AimPoint Technologies’ business is not based upon Templeton methods or calculations and statements by Vector Putting, LLC, Michael Schy and David Balbi claiming or inferring that AimPoint Technologies has copied or utilized Templeton are incorrect. Based upon the above retraction by Vector Putting, LLC, Michael Schy and David Balbi and other terms contained in a Settlement Agreement, AimPoint Technologies has agreed to settle its claims against Vector Putting, LLC, Michael Schy and David Balbi in pending litigation.”

AimPoint filed a lawsuit against Vector, Schy and Balbi in United States District Court in the Middle District of Florida on Jan. 13, 2012 (Gamecraft, LLC et al v. Vector Putting, LLC et al, Case Number: 6:12-cv-00051-JA-KRS) which included claims against Vector and two of its founders, Michael Schy and David Balbi for False Advertising, Unfair Competition, Conversion, and Tortious Interference. Defendants Schy and Balbi were both former AimPoint Certified Instructors, who, shortly after their certifications were revoked, launched Vector Putting LLC in 2011.

Mark Sweeney, Founder and Managing Member of AimPoint Technologies, issued the following statement:

“Our goal in this action has always been to protect our intellectual property and to set the record straight in the market regarding incorrect statements made by Vector and its representatives.”

Vector Putting, LLC is based in San Carlos, CA and was founded by Michael Schy, David Balbi, and David McDougal and names Nick Middleton of Zen Oracle as their Director of Operations, Europe and Asia.”

The link for the press release is

John Graham Interview on Gotham Golf Blog

December 27th, 2010

John Graham Interview

John Graham’s Interview with Ralph Perez of the Gotham Golf Blog. Click on the Picture above to go to the video. This is basically an introduction to me, my history and my internet presence.

Hope you enjoy. Pass it on.

AimPoint Golf Launches Student Newsletter

December 14th, 2010

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AimPoint Golf has just launched its new Student Newsletter.  Take a look.  Also, Mark will be giving away 10 AimPoint I phone Apps to members of the newsletter.  Please sign-up for the newsletter to become eligible. Click the join our mailing list below to receive the newsletter. You can also join my AimPoint Club to receive only AimPoint posts I make and other special deals by filling in the form to the right.

Student Newsletter

Dec 14, 2010

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Dear John,

Welcome to the AimPoint community of people who are educating themselves on how to systematically and accurately read greens.  When you become engaged in the AimPoint program, you quickly realize that green-reading is an education, not a quick tip. But once learned, it is knowledge that will stay with you for your entire golfing career since it is based on the laws of physics which never change.

Gravity Fact of the Month:

“If you could turn off gravity, it is mathematically predicted that space and time would also vanish!”

Still think a ball can break uphill?

Where Am I?

Green-Reading is about location-Where Am I? You’ll often hear me say about a misread that the golfer didn’t know “where he was.” What that means is he didn’t properly identify the ball’s position on the slope, and that is the art of green-reading.  If you can identify where you are putting “from”, then you can accurately determine the break.  It’s like using a road map–if I know where I am then I can use the map to get anywhere else.  But if I don’t know where I am, the map is useless and I could drive around aimlessly lost forever. So learning AimPoint is partially about learning how to find where you are on the green (your position relative to the Zero Line), and partially about how to read the map correctly (how much does the ball break from here). Start thinking in these terms and the whole process will get simpler and simpler to understand.
How To Be Quick

I used to work in R&D at a high-tech company where we had a saying about new technology:

“First it has to work, then it has to work fast.”

When it comes to green-reading, you need to come up with an accurate read quickly.  Firstly, because you dont want people waiting on you, and secondly, because if your process takes too long you’ll abandon it.  When you first learn AImPoint concepts you’re working on the “first it has to work” piece–you’re learning the concepts and gaining tust in the physics behind the system.  But then integrating the AimPoint process into your game is the next crucial step of “then it has to work fast.”  Learn to start your read early–from the fairway–and then practice the process until it becomes an almost sub-conscious procedure.  The entire process is a matter of:

  1. Locating where your ball is, meaning it’s position relative to the Zero Line
  2. Determining the break from there based on the amount of slope

Every read should be the same process–Where am I, and What is the break from there?  So every read begins with knowing where straight is–the Zero Line. If you practice this process on every putt it will very quickly be natural and extremely quick.  Golfers who are fluent at AimPoint take only 15-20 seconds to read any putt.  If you do that no one will read greens and putt faster than you.

Where Do You Want To Putt From?

We all intuitively understand that some putts are easier to make than others, but here is a bit of interesting info from the computer simulations of putting.  It takes a computer the longest time to calculate the break from the 1:00-2:00 positions, then each angle is progressively faster as it works its way down to the 6:00 position (straight uphill).  The reason it takes longer on the downhill breaking putts is that those putts are more sensitive to speed and aim errors.  In other words, small changes in aim and speed have proportionally bigger effects on where the putt ends up.  Clearly you want to avoid these positions if possible, because even with a good read and speed, they are still easier to miss due to their inherent sensitivity to errors.  Statisically you’ll make the most putts from between 5:00 and 7:00, or less than 30 degrees uphill.

AimPoint iPhone v2.0

Version 2.0 of the iPhone app will be release in Jan 2011 with several enhancements, the biggest of which is the addition of speed info. In addition to Aim, you will also get an equivalent distance for how hard to hit the putt.  Stayed tuned for more on how to use this. I am also planning on creating an Android version but dont know the release date yet.

Any feedback on improving the app would be greatly appreciated.  Please email suggestions to
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Play Well,
Mark Sweeney
AimPoint Technologies
The World’s #1 Green-Reading System

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AimPoint Golf – Distance Control or Speed Control

November 28th, 2010

AimPoint Certified LogoOne of the most important pieces in becoming a good putter and making putts is distance control.  Using the AimPoint model, we prescribe a total distance from 6 inches to 1 foot past the hole when making your read.  The big question is, what’s the difference between speed control and distance control?  Is there a difference?

For this discussion, I will define speed control as the ability to deliver the same speed of the rolling ball to the hole edge.

I will define distance control as the ability to control the total distance the ball rolls.

They seem pretty similar don’t they?  But are they the same?  Refresh your memory about how green speed and slope direction affect the speed at which a ball rolls by reading this post on Putting Myths.

When it comes to distance, a ball rolling on a ‘fast’ green or going downhill is rolling slower than a ball on a ‘slow’ green or going uphill.  This means that if I arrive at the hole with the same speed, the distance the ball will roll past the hole if I miss will be different from an uphill putt vs a downhill putt.

If I deliver 3 revolutions per second of the ball at the lip of the hole (which will will typically give you a nice size of hole capture width) the variance between the total distance past the hole, if missed, is dramatic.  On a 4% slope, stimp 8 the downhill putt will roll 4 times farther than an uphill putt with same 3 rps at the lip delivery speed if the putt is missed.  Stimp 10 is 6 times farther for the downhill miss and stimp 12 is a whopping 9 times farther on the downhill miss.

So, you tell me.  Is it better to have speed control or distance control?

Seems obvious to me that distance control is King.