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Anyone use line on ball to aim tee shots??


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#1 Tro

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:00 PM

It never really occurred to me, but seems like it could help take some of the guesswork out of alignment (especially those who have trouble with it, paralllax effect and what not).

I always just pick a spot ( grass, divot, etc) to aim at when teeing off.  Sometimes I'll miss-hit and a playing partner will tell me afterward, "that's where you were aiming".  So, obviously, I make errors when lining things up on the tee box.

So, has anyone tried this?  Or does anyone do this regularly?  Just like lining up a putt?

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:24 PM

I used to use a line on my tee shots but found that I got too fine on my alignment and too focused on the ball.  I've since switched to the Field Goal alignment that Monte has mentioned and line up to that.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:32 PM

Tried it, but found selecting a target (or zone) where I wanted the ball to go was better for me
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:37 PM

View Posttimmy8151, on 11 October 2017 - 12:24 PM, said:

I used to use a line on my tee shots but found that I got too fine on my alignment and too focused on the ball.  I've since switched to the Field Goal alignment that Monte has mentioned and line up to that.

Could you elaborate on this method? I have never heard of this before.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:58 PM

View PostTro, on 11 October 2017 - 12:00 PM, said:

It never really occurred to me, but seems like it could help take some of the guesswork out of alignment (especially those who have trouble with it, paralllax effect and what not).

I always just pick a spot ( grass, divot, etc) to aim at when teeing off.  Sometimes I'll miss-hit and a playing partner will tell me afterward, "that's where you were aiming".  So, obviously, I make errors when lining things up on the tee box.

So, has anyone tried this?  Or does anyone do this regularly?  Just like lining up a putt?

Sort of... I use it sometimes to help me visualize the arc I want to maintain through impact.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:59 PM

View Postajax5184, on 11 October 2017 - 12:37 PM, said:

View Posttimmy8151, on 11 October 2017 - 12:24 PM, said:

I used to use a line on my tee shots but found that I got too fine on my alignment and too focused on the ball.  I've since switched to the Field Goal alignment that Monte has mentioned and line up to that.

Could you elaborate on this method? I have never heard of this before.

Instead of picking one point to line up to pick 2 points and "kick" a field goal between these points
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:12 PM

I do, most of the time. Sometimes if the fairway is wide open with no hazards in (my) range I won't bother. I use it to remind myself of the swing arc and keep the head on target line through impact

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:13 PM

View Posttimmy8151, on 11 October 2017 - 12:59 PM, said:

View Postajax5184, on 11 October 2017 - 12:37 PM, said:

View Posttimmy8151, on 11 October 2017 - 12:24 PM, said:

I used to use a line on my tee shots but found that I got too fine on my alignment and too focused on the ball.  I've since switched to the Field Goal alignment that Monte has mentioned and line up to that.

Could you elaborate on this method? I have never heard of this before.

Instead of picking one point to line up to pick 2 points and "kick" a field goal between these points

How far out are your points? Still relatively close to the ball (few inches) or farther down and you're looking to fly the ball through?

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:13 PM

View Posttimmy8151, on 11 October 2017 - 12:59 PM, said:

View Postajax5184, on 11 October 2017 - 12:37 PM, said:

View Posttimmy8151, on 11 October 2017 - 12:24 PM, said:

I used to use a line on my tee shots but found that I got too fine on my alignment and too focused on the ball.  I've since switched to the Field Goal alignment that Monte has mentioned and line up to that.

Could you elaborate on this method? I have never heard of this before.

Instead of picking one point to line up to pick 2 points and "kick" a field goal between these points

Interesting, thanks.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:49 AM

My pro suggests doing this while playing, I may occasionally do it on a par 3, but regularly, no.  Sometimes on the practice range to make sure my aim and alignment is on.

If you use a Sharpie to draw an alignment line on your ball, it should leave a mark on your club face showing where you made contact with the ball.  Sorta like a poor man's impact tape.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:28 PM

I've done this. If I feel that the tee box aims me OB or in the wrong place, I will use the line on my ball to remind me where I should be aiming, and thus standing. Personally I feel that using the line to help have proper alignment on the full swing may be more helpful than using the line for putting...
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:12 PM

I used to, but do not anymore.  I also used to place the logo at the back of the ball as a place to focus on during the shot so I didn't move my head forward.  I may revert back to the rear logo setup if I start moving forward on the ball, but after a few times I won't need it anymore.

Now I use Monte's field goal.  I pick two spots about 12" apart and about 3-4 feet in front of the ball and just drive the ball between the points.  This is much easier then picking a single spot and attempting to align to it.  I find I am much more accurate with the field goal method then the single point method.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:14 PM

I use the seam of the ball to line up putts and off the tee. Old habit from the days, when rumor had it, you could get extra distance off tee shots.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 03:45 PM

Thanks for all your inputs.
I will continue to experiment with what works best for me, but you've given me food for thought.  And for that I am grateful.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 07:40 PM

I do, and for putting as well.

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 12:09 AM

100 percent. Why wouldn’t you?

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 11:36 AM

I started doing this at the end of the season and I shot my best stretch of golf all year.. I have no trouble aiming on a par 3 but with a driver I was too often saying to myself "how was I aimed there!" Having the line pointed at the line I wanted to hit with driver really helped ! Hit no worse than 11 fairways and had a couple of rounds with 13 using the line to aim
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Posted 15 October 2017 - 12:11 PM

I do this always for tee-shots (yet never on putts). I have done it for so long that I have no idea whether or not it benefits me, it may be just a habit.

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 12:32 PM

I do it with the side stamp on tee shots to ensure I’m aiming the right way in general. I don’t get too specific, it’s more of a guideline to ensure I’m not aiming way right with my driver.
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Posted 15 October 2017 - 12:41 PM

View PostBenHoganSlam1953, on 11 October 2017 - 12:32 PM, said:

Tried it, but found selecting a target (or zone) where I wanted the ball to go was better for me
I think the farther out you put your target out there (zone, feild goal) the less chance of missing the fairway. Although, I thought I heard Tiger used the putting line on the ball when he teed it up?


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