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Is it worth getting a green book for the few courses I play. They are public courses, do the greens change that much on public courses?

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Whatever makes you enjoy the game more.  

But to be honest, if I am paired up with a random guy on a Saturday morning during a casual round and he pulls out a green book every time we reach the green, I will shake my head every time.

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2 minutes ago, jlukes said:

Whatever makes you enjoy the game more.  

But to be honest, if I am paired up with a random guy on a Saturday morning during a casual round and he pulls out a green book every time we reach the green, I will shake my head every time.

Haha good to know. So if I get one, maybe just use it when I am in my group of 4 mates

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6 minutes ago, Nateyeight said:

Haha good to know. So if I get one, maybe just use it when I am in my group of 4 mates

I think they can be a useful tool, especially if you are trying to teach yourself to better read greens - you can validate what you're seeing with your eyes.  If you are going to use them, the key would be to not let them slow down play.

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The green books basically give you information that you can gather for yourself using the Aimpoint Express system, except that AE also teaches you how to USE the information.  Do you know how much break to play for a 2% sideslope?  

OK, now that I've acted all snide and know-it-all, let me backtrack.  If you're interested in the books, give them a try.  Be aware of the Rules of Golf limitation on green-reading information, basically the maximum size and scale of the books.  Strackaline sells two versions, one of which is USGA legal, the other is not.  Strackaline also offers a free video about using the books, available once you register with them.  I'm with @jlukes, please be sure that using the books doesn't slow down your play.

But back to my original point, if you learn Aimpoint Express, you'll basically be able to get the same information yourself.  In addition, you'll be able to get it for every single golf course you play, whether you have a book or not, because you collect the data using your feet.  I just looked at the prices for Strackaline hard-copy greens booklets, they're close to $100 each.  Cost for an AE clinic varies, but might be around $200.   To me, the Aimpoint Express clinic is more bang for your buck.

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3 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

The green books basically give you information that you can gather for yourself using the Aimpoint Express system, except that AE also teaches you how to USE the information.  Do you know how much break to play for a 2% sideslope?  

OK, now that I've acted all snide and know-it-all, let me backtrack.  If you're interested in the books, give them a try.  Be aware of the Rules of Golf limitation on green-reading information, basically the maximum size and scale of the books.  Strackaline sells two versions, one of which is USGA legal, the other is not.  Strackaline also offers a free video about using the books, available once you register with them.  I'm with @jlukes, please be sure that using the books doesn't slow down your play.

But back to my original point, if you learn Aimpoint Express, you'll basically be able to get the same information yourself.  In addition, you'll be able to get it for every single golf course you play, whether you have a book or not, because you collect the data using your feet.  I just looked at the prices for Strackaline hard-copy greens booklets, they're close to $100 each.  Cost for an AE clinic varies, but might be around $200.   To me, the Aimpoint Express clinic is more bang for your buck.

Very interesting, I appreciate your response. I will look into Aimpoint Express

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2 hours ago, jlukes said:

Whatever makes you enjoy the game more.  

But to be honest, if I am paired up with a random guy on a Saturday morning during a casual round and he pulls out a green book every time we reach the green, I will shake my head every time.

I 100% agree with this lol I do think they are worth it when you're on a trip, kind of a cool thing to collect from some of the cool courses you might play. 

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33 minutes ago, HeathS16 said:

I 100% agree with this lol I do think they are worth it when you're on a trip, kind of a cool thing to collect from some of the cool courses you might play. 

I do buy the course yardage guide whenever I see one available.  I like to see the layout of the hole, and they do make good souvenirs.  But the Strackaline green books are $97 apiece, just the greens books.  The much less detailed books from Greenslopes are $50, Golflogix sells them for $40.  I might spend $10 for a nice course guide, most are less, but I'm not spending the cash on a green book.

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Agree with @HeathS16 great souvenir from a nicer course or trip you go on. I also could understand it if there was a course you rarely play and you do a big buddies match every year and it was really important to you.  If its for the courses you just play regularly, I think it's better experience and learning to just learn how to read them and commit the greens to memory.  You don't need to memorize every nook and cranny, but generalizations (i.e, if your between 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock above the hole, it breaks less than it looks like) can be helpful. It's all part of the experience.  Honestly if there is one course you play really regularly, try to go during a slow time and just chip and putt from a couple different locations on every hole. It does wonders when trying to learn a course. 

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14 hours ago, DaveP043 said:

The green books basically give you information that you can gather for yourself using the Aimpoint Express system, except that AE also teaches you how to USE the information.  Do you know how much break to play for a 2% sideslope?  

OK, now that I've acted all snide and know-it-all, let me backtrack.  If you're interested in the books, give them a try.  Be aware of the Rules of Golf limitation on green-reading information, basically the maximum size and scale of the books.  Strackaline sells two versions, one of which is USGA legal, the other is not.  Strackaline also offers a free video about using the books, available once you register with them.  I'm with @jlukes, please be sure that using the books doesn't slow down your play.

But back to my original point, if you learn Aimpoint Express, you'll basically be able to get the same information yourself.  In addition, you'll be able to get it for every single golf course you play, whether you have a book or not, because you collect the data using your feet.  I just looked at the prices for Strackaline hard-copy greens booklets, they're close to $100 each.  Cost for an AE clinic varies, but might be around $200.   To me, the Aimpoint Express clinic is more bang for your buck.

Are there any YouTube videos on Aimpoint Express? 

I have heard good things about it but not too sure how to get into it?

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I always buy a yardage book when I play a new course and I've never used them... so I really doubt a green book would be helpful 🙂

But it also depends on what kind of player you are... I like to wing it and my score suffers from it constantly, but I find it more fun than fiddling with apps, books, watches for that 1 yard.

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5 hours ago, TimoTe said:

Are there any YouTube videos on Aimpoint Express? 

I have heard good things about it but not too sure how to get into it?

I believe there are Youtube videos, but I've never really used them.  I know that if you go to www.aimpointgolf.com you can purchase a DVD for instruction.  But the best way is to attend a in-person clinic.  At that same website you can locate instructors in your area, and see a schedule for clinics.  If you don't see a clinic scheduled, you might contact a local instructor and see what other options might be available.

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On 6/4/2020 at 7:55 PM, DaveP043 said:

The green books basically give you information that you can gather for yourself using the Aimpoint Express system, except that AE also teaches you how to USE the information.  Do you know how much break to play for a 2% sideslope?  

OK, now that I've acted all snide and know-it-all, let me backtrack.  If you're interested in the books, give them a try.  Be aware of the Rules of Golf limitation on green-reading information, basically the maximum size and scale of the books.  Strackaline sells two versions, one of which is USGA legal, the other is not.  Strackaline also offers a free video about using the books, available once you register with them.  I'm with @jlukes, please be sure that using the books doesn't slow down your play.

But back to my original point, if you learn Aimpoint Express, you'll basically be able to get the same information yourself.  In addition, you'll be able to get it for every single golf course you play, whether you have a book https://freebooksummary.com/the-importance-of-beowulf-in-modern-america-1272 or not, because you collect the data using your feet.  I just looked at the prices for Strackaline hard-copy greens booklets, they're close to $100 each.  Cost for an AE clinic varies, but might be around $200.   To me, the Aimpoint Express clinic is more bang for your buck.

This is not an expensive option. Thanks for the information about the Green Book. I will read your recommendations. This is an interesting tip.

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If you play those courses often, make your own.  By taking the time to do it, you will not only study the greens more, you will also make personal notes on break, speed and soft/hard spots.  Just a thought.

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It makes me wonder, if a golfer can't hit a straight putt, or the optimal speed, then would a green book really matter? Or knowing Aimpoint Express? 

For excellent golfers/putters it makes sense to have the best tools and especially when you are competing. But, the amateur golfer would probably benefit more from less option paralysis and more practice/time playing?

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It makes me wonder, if a golfer can't hit a straight putt, or the optimal speed, then would a green book really matter? Or knowing Aimpoint Express? 
For excellent golfers/putters it makes sense to have the best tools and especially when you are competing. But, the amateur golfer would probably benefit more from less option paralysis and more practice/time playing?

Startline, pace, and green reading are all skills that need to be learned and practiced. You don’t need a putter to learn green reading; using a device like the perfect putter helps you check what you are seeing and understand/see that there are multiple reads for every putt. Stroke and face control are important when you are playing to help determine if you misread the putt or made a bad stroke.

Aimpoint express is just another technique/tool that a player can use and it can benefit any player as it helps to validate what you are seeing.

Lots of individual pieces that can be done in multiple orders.
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1 hour ago, ballplayer002003 said:

If you play those courses often, make your own.  By taking the time to do it, you will not only study the greens more, you will also make personal notes on break, speed and soft/hard spots.  Just a thought.

Interesting idea.  Based on my attitude as an engineer, the best way to do this would be to establish some kind of grid, and take "readings" of both slope amount and direction at each node of the grid.  This would be interesting but tedious, and would require some pretty lengthy uninterrupted access to each green.  I wonder if anyone has attempted to do this on their own, and what level of detail they were able to accomplish.  If you do go this route, you should be aware that your personal green map is limited to the same size and scale as the commercial maps.

2 minutes ago, Buffly said:

It makes me wonder, if a golfer can't hit a straight putt, or the optimal speed, then would a green book really matter? Or knowing Aimpoint Express? 

For excellent golfers/putters it makes sense to have the best tools and especially when you are competing. But, the amateur golfer would probably benefit more from less option paralysis and more practice/time playing?

You're right, to putt well you need all three components to work.  There are three basic elements to putting, as you say, hitting the right line, achieving the right speed, and having the right read.  They are all interrelated, which makes things tougher.  But if you can "master" one of the three, I believe you're ahead of the game.  If you KNOW you have the right read, and you can see that you've achieved the right speed, you can evaluate your ability to hit the intended line.  To me, having confidence in the read relieves any of the potential paralysis.  And as one who has used Aimpoint for a few years, I think I read putts as fast or faster than most anyone I play with.  No looking from multiple angles, , no walking to the other side of the hole, no plumb-bobbing, just a stop or two for a second while walking to the hole and back.  

Reading putts is a skill, just like hitting your intended line, just like speed control is.  Each one is improved by different types of practice.  I'd never tell anyone to omit practice for distance control, and I'd never tell anyone to omit improvement of their green-reading skills.

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