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Jack Long7 Continuing the Jack Long series on golf

About Putting

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Jack Long is a golf-theorist and founder of The Paranormal Golf InstituteÔ. He is working on a series of articles based in part upon:

Cold War research documents in the field of paranormally controlled trajectories (PCT), documents recently discovered in the archives of the PCT Institute in Niblickvostock in the former Soviet Union; and

His own, and other recent translations of the Golfnostic Gospels unearthed last year in caves near the northern Egyptian city of El Sandtrapya.

The Golfnostic Gospels are hitherto unknown secret writings which describe the Second Century doctrinal disputes between Caddyus The Upright Prophet and Paul The Great Associationist. Jack Long . . . Facts, Fiction, Hope

Putt-Imagining: Triangles & Trajectories

Macro-putt-think is a collection of principles, ideas, superstitions, rituals and prejudices that constitute a player’s way of looking at putting on an abstract level. Micro-putt-think is an approach to “the putt” which emphasizes(a) the significance of the “triangle” in understanding the spatial realities of the putt, (b) the acquired ability to accurately project continuous trajectories, and (c) the importance of player-motion - not stillness - relative to ball-motion (which will be addressed in

Mechanics And Executionã).

If we think of the spatial relationship between the ball and the cup as existing within the confines of a triangle, there are two ways of “imagining” the putt.

Small Cup. The putt is imagined to travel on a trajectory which runs from the base of the triangle toward the cup which forms the apex of the triangle:

The Undefined Area Around The Player And The Ball Ñ The Small Cup

In this imagination putting, the undefined area around the player and the ball is perceived as being very large relative to the area of the circumference of the cup at the apex of the triangle. The sides of the triangle converge as they run from the perceived end-points of the base area toward the imaginary point in the center of the cup.

Large Cup. The putt is imagined to travel on a trajectory which runs from the apex of the triangle toward the cup which forms the base of the triangle:

The Large Cup Ñ The Point On Which The Ball Rests

In this imagination of the putt, the player focuses on the fact that the ball is a sphere and rests necessarily on a point, the circumference of which is infinitely small relative to the circumference of the cup at the base of the triangle.

Now, the sides of the triangle diverge as they run from that resting point toward the imaginary point in the center of the cup. The Large Cup perception is a source of confidence and comfort. “Imagining” spatial relationships, the stroke, the roll, and the outcome is a neglected “inner-game-art” which ought to be openly discussed, refined, and used consistently by players at every level of the game.

< Remember the summary of Caddyus’s philosophy: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save your game. If you fail to bring forth what is within you, what you fail to bring forth will destroy your game.”

Trajectories. We know that the trajectory is the line / curve along which the ball moves after it is hit. However, it is important to remember two things: (a) there is no such thing as an independently existing trajectory, but only a trajectory relative to a body of reference, and (b) the ability to accurately project a continuous trajectory is a strong perceptive sense which was acquired before the age of six months.

The trajectory should be imagined in relation to one of the sides of the triangle. Once the player has examined the topography and projected the trajectory, the orientation of the player’s leading hip should be toward that point where the trajectory will re-enter the triangle on its path to the Large Cup:

The Large Cup ÑThe Point On Which The Ball Rests

A mathematically complex version of the “triangle-trajectory” approach to “targeting” was developed by the PCT Institute in Niblickvostock in the early 1950s. The approach was used with success by the former Soviet Union initially in training field artillery personnel and, later, players on its international basketball and hockey teams. These and many other topics will be addressed in future articles.

Putt-Imagining.5-30-05. No part of this article may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from Jack Long, PGI, 192 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401. You can read Jacks previous articles here

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