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Get Cozy with the Ball's Shadow

by Geoff Mangum

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ZipTip: Targeting: Get Cozy with the Ball's Shadow

Taking a look at the quarter-sized circle just in front of the ball helps keep the stroke on line by showing you the line of grass the ball will roll across on the way out of your setup.


With the sun shining straight down the putt line, your ball will cast a nice clear shadow in front that is about as big around as a quarter. This little patch of grass can help your stroke. All that's required is to take a moment out of your busy routine to gaze at it to become a little familiar with how the grass blades look inside this area. You don't want to stare at it to memorize anything; just visit it a little with your gaze and focus solely on what's inside the perimeter of the quarter-sized area. When you proceed with your targeting and then come back to settle down and pull the trigger, take stock of this area again to see how the ball has to start off straight thru the middle of this small circle of turf. Then just do it. It helps keep the stroke headed the way you intended it to go.

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