Putt Physics Calculation 08: Aiming direction


Hey there, folks! You have got to check out this image!

So, the green surface is tilted at 0.5 degrees along the grey line, and the black circle represents the cup. The image shows eight positions from which you can putt, and no matter where you hit from, if you aim towards the red dot, you’ll always sink the ball into the cup!

When I first heard about this, I was skeptical. But I tried it out on the putting green, and it actually works! You should totally give it a shot!

But there’s a catch. The area around the cup has to be flat. In this example, if the 3-meter circle had any bumps or undulations, the red dot might not be accurate. Of course, in real life, finding such an ideal condition on the green is pretty rare. But if the distance from your ball to the cup is short, and a part of the green is flat like a semicircle or quarter circle, you can use the same method to find the red dot.

Have you ever watched a pro golf tournament and seen the cup placed in a difficult location with a steep slope or around a snake-like curve on the green? Well, for us amateur golfers, the cup is usually placed on a flat spot, even if there is a slope on the green. This means that quick calculations can come in handy!

But let’s talk about something more fun – the names we use for certain golf terms in the “Putt Physics” app. Don’t you think “gray line” or “red circle” sound a bit boring?

Elevation line:
Gray line. It is an imaginary line connecting the lowest and highest points of the green. It is assumed that the player stands at the lowest point, so it is a straight uphill line.

If the slope is less than 1°, putt in the direction of Lespaul and you will get a cup. Lespaul is an anagram of “Special Unique Point at Elevation Line”.

So, there you have it! These are the fun and memorable names we use in the “Putt Physics” app for some of the golf terms. Who knew golf could be so entertaining?