Category: Sports

Improving Sight and Aim in Golf


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Vicky Travlos, a former customer solutions and merchandising associate for BusinessWeek Magazine, stays active in her free time. An avid traveler and an opera aficionado, Vicky Travlos also enjoys playing golf.

In golf, the ball travels to where the golfer’s eyes are looking. A golfer can train his or her eye by sighting the ball twice, first from about 10 feet behind the ball. Facing the target directly, the golfer can visualize the shot and the path that he or she intends for the ball to take.

The golfer then looks three to four feet ahead of the ball and selects a landmark to use as an intermediate sight. This landmark should be along the invisible line that runs from the ball to the target and should be a spot over which the ball can travel.

Next, the golfer steps into place next to the ball. Shoulders, hips, and feet should be parallel to the previously identified line of sight. The golfer must also take care to look steadily along that line and not toward any potential hazards, no matter how concerning, as the ball is likely to fly toward the spot that the eyes are targeting.

Golf 101 – Hitting the Long Putt

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Long Putt

An advertising and marketing executive based in New York City, Vicky Travlos formerly worked as a customer solutions and merchandising associate with BusinessWeek Magazine. Outside of her professional pursuits, Vicky Travlos enjoys playing golf.

In golf, refining your short game is one of the most consistent ways to chip away at your score. In particular, an effective long putt can spell the difference between consistent two-putts and sporadic three-putts on the green.

Because a long putt must travel a considerable distance before reaching its destination, it is important to understand the breaks at several points along the trajectory. Start by reading the breaks from behind the ball, then move to the midpoint of the putt and estimate the speed of the ball at that point. For example, if the first part of the putt is mostly uphill, side-to-side breaks in the middle of the putt will carry a slow-moving ball much farther from center than a fast-moving ball.

When it comes to the putting stroke, long putts require a longer, slower approach. Because the backswing should be longer than a normal putt, keep your stance wide and stand slightly more upright to stabilize your body throughout the stroke.