I really liked Grady Matthews even though we had serious differences about spiritual matters.And in fact I do credit Hal Houle and Stan and everyone working on objective aiming for keeping me interested in playing. That's one reason I can't stand the really shitty comments denigrating them and their students.
I didn't go looking for any magic system, objective aiming was gifted to me and I was blown away. Looking at me for validation of aiming systems is silly. Look at players coming up who are learning them along with dedication to proper form.
None of us can say whether there will come a time when most great players are openly using aiming systems and turning in world class results. What i can say for sure is that I have witnessed an explosion of interest and development in this area in the past 20 years.
It's like with jump cues. Some people still call them gimmicks but in fact the players who master that tool are using them effectively to win more. I wasn't really a person who used jump cues that much and my jump cue consisted of a dowel that I installed a pin into for my shaft. It wasn't until I saw an opportunity to sell jump cues that I started to learn how to use them and be able to effectively demonstrate how they expanded the range of possible shots. Now there are thousands of people who are expert in their use and hundreds of thousands who are decent.
Aiming systems are tools just like chalk, leather tips and jump cues. A good tool is beneficial even when not used to the full potential.
I was at a tournament long ago where Grady was "running the book" and he sat down next to me and we, naturally, got into cutting up jackpots about the old days of Billy Johnson, The Squirrel , The Tennessee Tarzan, Danny Jones, etc. etc.
The conversation drifted into jump cues and Grady was adamant about they should be banned and all that.
I was of the opposite opinion...that they were just another tool to bring excitement to the game.
We went back and forth, back and forth, and old Mizerak came wandering over.....He said, "If I could get one of those things in position around this gut of mine, I'd use one in a New Jersey minute".
We all broke up with laughter at that.
Jumping the ball is here to stay. Players who think they can dodge those "jump shot safeties" coming at them will never finish in the money...trying to make it by kicking only. The percentages are against them.
Just my opinion, of course.