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Still no line for me, but I have started writing random garbage on the ball when I play. Too many people "finding" my ball.

Yesterday may have been the greatest on course conversation I have ever had.

 

Me: 'Did you just pick up my ball?"

Him: "No, that was mine..."

Me: "Really, can you check and see if it was a Bridgestone 330RX that says 'Ass Pony" on the side?"

Him: "Oh, I guess this is yours."

 

Watching the dude read the ball that said "ass pony" was fantastic.

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For me it is more about the routine than it is the line... if I am rushing and don't line up the ball, I ALWAYS miss...

 

That's mental IMO. :rolleyes:

 

Get up to the ball, pick out a target and make your stroke. I putt just as well with one hand as I do with two from inside 8 feet.

 

If there's one thing an average player should be able to do as well as a tour pro is putt. It requires absolutely no athletic ability, only the ability to see the line and hit the ball in that direction.

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That's mental IMO. :rolleyes:

 

Get up to the ball, pick out a target and make your stroke. I putt just as well with one hand as I do with two from inside 8 feet.

 

If there's one thing an average player should be able to do as well as a tour pro is putt. It requires absolutely no athletic ability, only the ability to see the line and hit the ball in that direction.

 

 

I've started doing all my pre-round practice putts with one hand... it really gives you a feel for the stroke...

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Generally speaking, if I can find the little cup that I have that you set the ball in to draw the line then I do.

 

I've learned to trust it as it has proven to be a very good indicator of path for me.

The times that I have stood over the putt and disregarded the alignment line have always proven disasterous for me -

I walk away quoting the famous Roberto DiVicenzo line - "what a stupid I am " - lol

 

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If you use one of the balancers and the ball keeps returning to the same point, you have a bad ball. Check out the video on Ralph Maltbys site about it. Its amazing how much of a difference it makes. Also it does still happen quite a bit. I went through my balls after watching it and ended up throwing away about 1/4 of my balls and relegated another 1/4 to practice only.

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On Saturday playing with Matt, I was using the line on my ball the front nine. I was putting like total crap. Trying anything to mix it up, I stopped doing that. I simply marked my ball, replaced it and putted. Much better results - even on long putts.

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A line on the ball is too demanding. If you use it to line up, the line points in a different direction if you stand a bit different over the ball, and that can't be helped at times. If you are standing on a slope, even a very subtle slope, your orientation changes and the same thing happens if the ball is also on a slope. There are also a flock of other little things that can change your orientation that little bit.

 

I find it a lot faster and easier to just look for a mark near my ball on the ground to orient my line and a mark near the hole to gauge my needed speed.

 

 

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On Saturday playing with Matt, I was using the line on my ball the front nine. I was putting like total crap. Trying anything to mix it up, I stopped doing that. I simply marked my ball, replaced it and putted. Much better results - even on long putts.

I also did this on Saturday. I have been struggling with the putter so far this year, so I put a line on my ball. I had 20 putts on the front, so I stopped using the line on the back and had 19 putts. HORRIBLE, 8 over par with 39 putts. I have played 12 rounds this year and I'm hitting 80% fairways, 85% greens, but the best round I've shot so far is 74, because I'm averaging 36 (thats right AVERAGING 36) putts per round. I lost all touch with the short stick over the Winter.

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I tried the line thing and it only aggreviated me. As I said on another thread on here I mark my TITLEIST with 6 dots around the number. I do use the line thing if I am helping someone with their putting to illustrate how the ball will roll etc and also to see what kind of roll they are putting on it. As far as for me putting I get my line of putt place my ball with the logo up and go from there I dont even really line up the logo. But as they sa in golf and life "different strokes for different folks" whatever works for you.

 

 

EDIT: I mark the six dots around the number on both sides

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I don't draw lines or put dots or marks of any kind. I draw an imaginary line from my putter through the ball and down my intended line. Tried the line a long time ago and it does take to long like others say, then I second guess if its off line then would take even longer. I would like a ball with as small a logo as you could get nothing to busy.

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For some strange reasons, my good shots tend to happen with old scuffed balls. My new balls loves water, thick bushes, pot bunkers :D

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TM VSteel 15 deg 3 wood

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I have tried using drawn lines to align, and not using them at all. I get equally bad results from both.

 

Using lines to align works best on straight putts. But if you are facing a breaking putt, which is like 90% of the time, having a line on the ball probably complicates things.

Now in my bag:

TM SLDR 10.5 Deg with Matrix Ozik 6Q3 S flex

TM VSteel 15 deg 3 wood

Cleveland Launcher Hybrid 18 deg Diamana Red Board Stiff

Titleist ZB Forged Iron 3-PW DG S200 Steel Shaft

Cleveland CG15 46, 52, 56, 60 Wedges

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I draw a line with a blue sharpie.....directly under the brand name of the ball....This is NOT for alignment purposes! Rather it is purely for ball identification. I use the blue sharpie as I am a UK fan.(Go Big Blue!)

 

The line simply helps me identify my ball in play quicker.

 

As for alignment, most balls come with one.

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