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Where do you look?

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Which part of the ball do you look at during your swing (excluding putts)?

I'd never given this topic a moment of thought before last night, when I just happened to catch the tail end of a TV tip about looking at the front edge. I have no context for the tip at all -- like whether its purpose was to cure a particular fault or whatever.

I've always looked at the lower inside rear portion and just assumed everybody else did, too. When I Googled the topic, I found that some people actually look at a spot well in front of the ball.

I'm going to try to make it out to the range today and try a few different focus points just to see what happens. I hope I don't screw anything up because I've been playing pretty well recently, but curiosity has gotten the better of me here.

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I suppose it's probably weird but I don't focus on anything when I'm hitting the ball. I "see" the picture and the ball is in the middle of the picture but I'm not really focusing on it (or anything else).

I think I go by feel from where the club was grounded to know where it should return almost as much as sight (to a fault). When I can't, or don't want to, ground the club my ball striking takes a nosedive.

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Apparently I prefer to lift my head and look at the target during my down swing ... Thus chunking or topping the damn ball ... Lol ... I actually look at the top of the ball, and try to see the contact ... Sounds easy right ... But the more danger I have in front me, the more I apparently want watch ... It's like I don't even control it ... I tell myself to look at the ball, start the down swing, my heads pops and looks at the target/danger ... However, I am getting better ... Never thought of looking in front of the ball ...
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Apparently I prefer to lift my head and look at the target during my down swing ... Thus chunking or topping the damn ball ...

Lol ... I actually look at the top of the ball, and try to see the contact ...

Sounds easy right ... But the more danger I have in front me, the more I apparently want watch ... It's like I don't even control it ... I tell myself to look at the ball, start the down swing, my heads pops and looks at the target/danger ...

However, I am getting better ... Never thought of looking in front of the ball ...


Funny thing about that is that I have experimented a lot with closing my eyes at different points in my swing. If I close my eyes before the top of the backswing I don't hit the ball well at all but if I close my eyes as the downswing starts I hit the ball as well as I do with my eyes open.

It's like once my downswing starts there's not much I can do about it anyway at that point. :surrender:

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I wanted to start looking at the front of the ball instead of the back of the ball a few weeks ago, I don't think it ever made it to the course.. Since I'm in experiencing stage can it really hurt to try a new thing?
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I don't think focusing on any particular quadrant or other section of the golf ball is a really good idea, I just look at the whole ball and try to swing my club through it and what happens, happens.

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