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post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post
 

I think so, yes.  If you have confidence in your start lines, and in staying in your cone, then you have a defined window where you "know" your ball will end up.  An over-draw is a vague concept because how much are we talking about?

 

Sounds like you are slightly misinterpreting the black lines based on this statement. If you intentionally hit the ball to the outside of the black line on the right, then that isn't where the black line would be in your case. By definition, the black line on the right (since we're talking about push draws here) is where you WANT to start the ball.

Gotcha.  Thanks for the explanation!  

 

I was thinking of the cone as showing where your ball usually ends up, rather than where it should end up, if that makes any sense.

post #38 of 39

So what Im wondering is if the size of my cone should change between clubs (such as wedge to a driver)? I started using this on the range a little bit towards the end of last year and it was a good way to keep me paying close attention on the range to each of my swings.  

post #39 of 39
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Originally Posted by dsc123 View Post

 

Is the idea that a player who draws the ball should strive to have his only miss be a shot that doesn't curve enough?  Or would it be equally acceptable for a player who draws the ball to have his only miss be an over-draw?  In other words, is it acceptable to have the flag would be on the black line to the right, and the red line would start outside and then come back to the black line or cross over it?  Is just more difficult to eliminate the push than the over-draw?  

 

I think you're way over thinking this.  The idea of shot cones could be used for a draw or a fade.  The red lines indicates four possible scenarios that would be inside the cone, all good shots.  You could flip it around for a fade.

 

It's how the best players do it even if they don't verbalize it this way.  Jack Nicklaus would aim the face slightly left of his target, ball starts left and fades back towards the target.  We're talking 3-5 yards.  Start lines were always consistent.  On his bad days the start lines probably weren't so great, he would start the ball left of his intended start line.  

 

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And finally, does this mean that when I'm at the driving range and shooting at flags or sticks or signs or whatever, that I should pretty much always be trying to hit the target and keeping any miss to once side? 

 

I think I just get caught up thinking that a shot 5 yards left of the "target" can't be worse than a shot 10 yards right of the target. It seems like walking a tight rope to me.  Or like aiming just inside the lip instead of the center of the cup when putting.  I don't actually question that Erik is correct, I just always get stuck on this when trying to understand it myself.

 

Yes you should always be trying to curve the ball into the target.  Your target doesn't always have to be the flag, it could be the center of the green.  A shot 5 yards left still might be good, just means your cone is wider.  Obviously the tighter your cone the more reliable your shot making is.

 

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Originally Posted by Jakester23 View Post
 

So what Im wondering is if the size of my cone should change between clubs (such as wedge to a driver)? I started using this on the range a little bit towards the end of last year and it was a good way to keep me paying close attention on the range to each of my swings.  

 

Yeah will be a little wider with the driver and more narrow with the wedges.

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