Thursday, July 3, 2014

Oh squiggly line behind my eye

OK +10 points for a Family Guy reference.

I've been known to talk about the weird and exotic both in cigars and in life.  I'm here before the keyboard now to talk to you about invisible, visual lines - like that weird squiggly line you see sometimes in the corner of your eye floating around.  Oh yes. I went there.  These lines will help your game tremendously... if you can see them and properly use them.  To understand what i'm talking about, you have to first understand a few things about your eyes and your vision. The lingo of the era is High frequency and Low Frequency. See the image below.

Do you see Marilyn or Einstein?  Squint. No who?

The chain link fence mystery

Have you ever looked at a chain link fence from a distance? Perhaps through a camera, or just driving in a car you see one on an overpass?  Did you take notice that from a certain distance, you don't see a chain link fence, but what could be described as striping across the fence?  This is called Moire (moray - like the eel).  It's something that happens because there isn't enough detail captured by your eye for your brain to process each tiny little wire in that fence so it bunches them up into patterns turning normally High frequency information into Low frequency info. It happens a lot of times when people on TV wear thin stripes (When you wear a plaid suit to a video shoot, that's a moire!)  Think of it as trying to paint a detailed masterpiece with only a 2 inch brush. As you get closer to the fence there is more space between the wires and you will start to see the actual shape, making the weird stripes disappear.  In essence, this effect of your vision is a great tool to utilize for "visualizing the target".    Let me explain. 

Just sit and look off at a target.  Tree, flag, sand trap, building, whatever.  If you trace an imaginary line from the target to your feet and sort of "fuzz" your eyes, the texture of the grass links up into low frequency areas and you can actually visually trace a  line almost like it' there in real life. If you concentrate too hard, the line will go away and you'll just see blades of grass again. If you did it right, you're probably like "hey that's pretty cool".  If you didn't you've probably stopped reading already.  Try again, or give up, either way once you see them, you can't unsee them. It'll become second nature. Why is this important? When you do this, your brain will actually continue the line and "save it" for about 3 to 5 seconds the same way if you pass your hand in front of your face at a decent clip you can see and tell what path it took because your optic nerves have a little bit of memory to them. this equates to perfect timing for lining up a golf shot.  While you're over the ball, you can trace the line all the way back through the club and use it to align your feet, clubface, shoulders, hips and anything you want! When i found this out, I nearly dropped deuce.  I looked for these invisible lines in everything I did on the course and found out that the putting green is definitely a candidate as well!!! it's easy to find the lanes in putts if you're looking for them. Look for your break and trace the line with your eyes.

Give it a shot. You might really be surprised and it will take a lot of the guesswork out of your shots. 

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