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On 4/28/2018 at 4:19 PM, Patch said:

I always line up my putts using an intermediate target, and rolling the ball over that target. The idea being I was aiming at something closer than the hole, that was along my chosen putting line. If my line is correct, and my speed is correct, I usually make the putt, or at the very least, "lag" the ball close enough for easy next putt. 

 

 

nice idea , but is it allowable? 

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11 minutes ago, Moxley said:

nice idea , but is it allowable? 

It is if the 'target' is already in situ.

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I use the line. 

I set the ball to my target, step back and use the putter to make sure the line is aimed correctly. 

I then use the line to align my putter and my feet. 

After that I pretty much concentrate on speed and my pre shot routine alone. It seems to help me, even if it’s just for confidence. 

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3 minutes ago, Killa said:

 

I set the ball to my target,

What do you use as your target?

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2 minutes ago, Rulesman said:

What do you use as your target?

I used to use an intermediate target. But now I just use the spot where I think I need to hit it to to hit the hole. So if it’s a straight putt I aim for the back lip, if I read a 2 foot break my target is a spot 2 feet right/left of the hole. 

My thought process being that even if I don’t align it 100% perfectly I’m still better off than standing over the ball and trying to line up. 

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I meant do you aim at a physical target? eg a mark you have made or blemish on the surface or?

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6 hours ago, Moxley said:

 

nice idea , but is it allowable? 

As long as you don't put anything there for a target.  See below...

4 hours ago, Rulesman said:

What do you use as your target?

I just pick a spot, doesn't even have to be something visible, and I keep my eye on that spot until I take my stance at the ball.  It's usually just a spot in my imagination, rarely an actual blemish or discoloration on the green.  I've used that method for more than 25 years, and it's worked fairly well for me.

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9 hours ago, Rulesman said:

I meant do you aim at a physical target? eg a mark you have made or blemish on the surface or?

No I pick something that I didn’t make myself. I know that’s against the rules. So maybe a specific leaf that shimers or just a spot in my minds eye. 

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On 5/2/2018 at 7:15 AM, Killa said:

I use the line. 

I set the ball to my target, step back and use the putter to make sure the line is aimed correctly. 

I then use the line to align my putter and my feet. 

After that I pretty much concentrate on speed and my pre shot routine alone. It seems to help me, even if it’s just for confidence. 

and despite what most opinion is here, a lotta pros use it for whatever reasons.  I'm still trying it on and off for the Killas reasoning.

 

and it's getting better, I feel much mo better over the ball now, after several more rounds and a little practice on the greens.  The 'feel' had left me during a long layoff and it may be the last to come around.

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On ‎2‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 10:15 AM, iacas said:

Lines are pointless. They waste time, and they don't help.

They have helped with both my putting and driving.  For putting, it helps me get a good visual line where I want to start the roll.  For driving, it helps alignment.  Glad to be in the 10% :w00t:.

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So what's the ruling if a golfer tosses his ball to his caddy who isn't paying attention and the ball goes in the nearby pond?

Is it the general "playing a different ball" penalty?

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18 minutes ago, krupa said:

So what's the ruling if a golfer tosses his ball to his caddy who isn't paying attention and the ball goes in the nearby pond?

Is it the general "playing a different ball" penalty?

That would be a two stroke penalty to play a substituted ball. It actually happened to Dustin Johnson, of course. But his caddy (and brother) jumped in the lake and retrieved the ball: https://www.pga.com/news/golf-buzz/golf-rules-why-dustin-johnsons-caddie-jumped-in-lake-retrieve-ball

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53 minutes ago, krupa said:

So what's the ruling if a golfer tosses his ball to his caddy who isn't paying attention and the ball goes in the nearby pond?

Is it the general "playing a different ball" penalty?

 

33 minutes ago, DeadMan said:

That would be a two stroke penalty to play a substituted ball. It actually happened to Dustin Johnson, of course. But his caddy (and brother) jumped in the lake and retrieved the ball: https://www.pga.com/news/golf-buzz/golf-rules-why-dustin-johnsons-caddie-jumped-in-lake-retrieve-ball

Ian Poulter did the same thing:

 

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On 2/20/2018 at 9:44 AM, NM Golf said:

FWIW, those lines are not all that helpful as it's basically been proven that people are notoriously poor at actually getting them aimed correctly.

It's funny, I have a line template and I mark my ball with it.  The ball has two lines that stand out severely.  I just do that so I can see the green sharpie marks when looking for my ball.  I just want the stripes to be straight/tidy and that doesn't happen freehand.

When I putt, I just put my ball down and the stripes could be pointing any which way.  It has been known to draw comments from other players when I don't actually try use them for alignment.  In any case, with my shaky hands, I'd be there all day trying to get the line straight - it's freaking impossible IMO.

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4 hours ago, rehmwa said:

When I putt, I just put my ball down and the stripes could be pointing any which way.  It has been known to draw comments from other players when I don't actually try use them for alignment.

I think you should tell people that it IS lined up. "What? Don't you think that's my starting line? You need to get your eyes checked."

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