Aimpoint Express is returning to Cork next month. Stephen Hayes from Douglas GC Pro-Shop is teaming up with Donal Scott again to bring a two-hour masterclass on the popular green reading system.
Scott is one of only three qualified Aimpoint coaches in Ireland and the Leopardstown based PGA Professional has been working with the system for around five years: “I first became interested in AimPoint in 2011 when I contacted a friend and mentor mine John Graham about the possibility of hosting a clinic here in Ireland. I completed my training with the founder Mark Sweeney that year as he was over in Ireland for the Solheim Cup that year. Worldwide you have 45,000 amateurs, 500 juniors and 200 tour pros who have been coached in AimPoint green reading. Adam Scott and Lydia Ko are two of the most high profile players. I work with many of our elite amateurs and touring professionals and have used the AimPoint process to help many of them with their green reading. Gary Hurley, Jack Hume, Chris Selfridge and Stuart Grehan would all use or have used AimPoint when reading greens and preparing for tournaments.”
“During the session in Douglas, we will cover how to predict the break on every type of putt a golfer can expect to face, short putts to long putts, multi breaking and double breaking putts. They will also receive a full notes set that they can refer to after the session and in practice. Last year Stephen did a brilliant job in organising the clinic and we had a great group of enthusiastic players there on the day. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback since the session.” While Aimpoint is a process, players can expect to gain a lot from the two-hour session, in fact Donal says that one session a year is enough to keep up to date: “I would suggest that anyone interested in keeping their knowledge current and wanting to improve to attend a class once a year. A lot of players come to clinics multiple times and our request individual follow up sessions. Like anything AimPoint is always developing and improving year on year. Our method has evolved enormously over the last number of years”
Many golfers have said that Aimpoint is one of the reasons for the slowing of the game, although Donal is quick to dispute that point: “Absolutely not, in fact it’s quite a bit quicker than standard reads where players look at the hole from multiple angles. AimPoint is a simple three step process. Feel the slope, make the read, roll it in!” And when asked if Aimpoint is the latest in a long line of coaching fads… It’s most definitely here to stay! The number of players using it is growing every year both on tour and with weekend golfers. It’s the world’s no. 1 green reading system and is fully backed by science. It totally takes the guess work out of green reading.”
Although the Donegal native has been teaching for less than a decade, he has established himself as a top class coach, with several appointments with high profile teams. “I am incredibly fortunate to be involved with a number of great organisations” said Scott, “Primarily I am part of the high performance coaching panel for the ILGU where I help the players with the putting performance, performance analysis and strategy. I also travel with the women’s team to 3-4 tournaments a year including Home Internationals and European team championships. I am the putting coach for the Paddy Harrington Scholarship, which is a brilliant programme run by Barry Fennelly. I do some consultancy with the GUI National Panels for Neil Manchip during the off season and I also work with Danish National Squad a couple of times a year.”