THE GOLF ACADEMY / LA

What’s that thing Adam Scott is doing with his fingers over putts? BY Ryan Ballengee

You’ve probably seen Adam Scott standing over his putts this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, flashing two or three fingers  in the direction of the ball as he reads it.

Is he giving the ball the “live long and prosper” Vulcan greeting from “Star Trek”? No. What appears a bizarre gesture is giving Scott a better idea on where the ball will go.

It’s a tactic used by players who subscribe to the AimPoint system of reading greens. Depending on what you calculate as the slope of the greens, you use your fingers to determine a spot to aim the ball with your putt. For example, if it’s 2 percent, then you use two fingers to pick the spot left or right of the cup.

You’ve probably also noticed Scott stood directly over the ball as part of his putting routine. That was also an AimPoint tactic. Scott was using his feet to get a general read of his putt. If there was more pressure on his right foot, the putt would go right — the amount of pressure would dictate how much.

If you’d like to learn how to read greens like Adam Scott, you can attend an AimPoint Express Reads seminar or take a private lesson with Bob Grissett.