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Why don't drivers have a sight line...at least as an option?


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Some do, or at least they used to.

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Because for a vast majority of people, putting is an extremely precise practice, mm's count, and they want confidence lining up that 3ft putt. Drivers, for a vast majority of people they're just trying to get it into the fairway, your drive will not follow the alightment line, it will start on a particular line, and then most likely curve one way or the other. 

 

Putting = mm's matter over a span of feet, very precise

 

Driving = 20-40 yard allowable span over 200-300 yards, not as tight.

 

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Because of the distance you stand from the ball with a driver and the angle of a clubhead. If you had a line down the middle of the crown, a ball may be in the middle of the face, but the line could look out/over the ball. 

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The face angles of drivers would also be problematic. It would never point “straight” 

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1 hour ago, LUXOR54 said:

Because for a vast majority of people, putting is an extremely precise practice, mm's count, and they want confidence lining up that 3ft putt. Drivers, for a vast majority of people they're just trying to get it into the fairway, your drive will not follow the alightment line, it will start on a particular line, and then most likely curve one way or the other. 

 

Putting = mm's matter over a span of feet, very precise

 

Driving = 20-40 yard allowable span over 200-300 yards, not as tight.

 

 

Yeah.  I want my putter to have an alignment line so I can line up with the straight line logo on a golf ball which is lined up to the path of my putt.

 

For my driver, I really don't want an alignment line on its crown as it is a distraction for me but I do want some sort of marking on the center of the top of the crown to help me line up to its sweet spot.

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1 hour ago, nvr3putt said:

Many putter OEMs offer different types of sightlines, dots, multilines, etc ... so why don't drivers have this feature?

 

Almost all of them have some type of alignment mark on the crown. 

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I don't believe these were the hottest seller. Some may like it, but seems like most don't. I'm sure Continental or some other custom shop could put whatever alignment aid anyone wanted on their driver crown for a reasonable price. But I certainly don't see any OEM going all in like this again, especially on their lower-handicap style driver. I believe this may have worked better on one of their drivers meant for extreme game improvement and max forgivenesss.

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Wilson Triton (Driver vs Driver season 1 winner) had the skunk stripe. Not for me personally.

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Like others have said... having a sight line on a driver would not do any good. With a putter you're standing directly over the ball. With a driver not only are you much further away from the ball, but you're at an angle so even if there were a sight line it would be pretty distorted and in no way beneficial to alignment. 

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The TM R1 has the head graphics as an alignment tool. Kinda nice, actually.

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You could aim a straight line reasonably well even if you stand far away, but there might be other issues... The curve of the crown makes it an arc, and I've seen plenty of slicers setup with a hooded face.  It probably works better for some, like with the Ping track lines above, depending how they hold the club and where their eyes are.

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Several years ago someone was producing alignment decals for woods and hybrids. The sheet included deltas, lines, twin stripes, etc. Sorry, but I can't track down source online.

 

image.png.a77371d13569c60986b2d401bf62f026.pngFor bigger impact, some companies

offer college-related graphics for

the crown of your driver.

 

Some could help with alignment.

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2 hours ago, ChipNRun said:

Several years ago someone was producing alignment decals for woods and hybrids. The sheet included deltas, lines, twin stripes, etc. Sorry, but I can't track down source online.

 

image.png.a77371d13569c60986b2d401bf62f026.pngFor bigger impact, some companies

offer college-related graphics for

the crown of your driver.

 

Some could help with alignment.

Ha, I remember when they were starting... probably around 2012-2013? Pretty sure they had a presence here.

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Where I line up my driver and where I actually hit it is just as different as my putter alignment and actual start line. That’s why I like them both NAKED. Removes the anxiety (for me) through the swing and stroke trying to maintain alignment. 
 

I’ve putted markedly better by aligning the face of the putter vs the alignment aid of the putter. All things being equal, it’s sorta the same thing but actually 90* different. Same with driver.
 

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10 hours ago, nvr3putt said:

Interesting how most of y'all completely dismiss the notion of an alignment aid for drivers/woods/hybrids.

Don't we all visualize a line between the driver face and some random patch of grass on the tee box?

Don't have sight lines on my hammers, baseball bats or vacuum cleaners or . . . . . . any of my irons or wedges.  

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Sight lines or something with the same purpose on the driver or wood head were common sometime back, but it was eventually discontinued.  I never thought sight line on wood was as important as on a putter head.  Ask yourself which is more influential to the outcome.  But what goes around eventually comes around when designers reach an impasse.

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48 minutes ago, DallasSteve said:

Put a basketball on the ground with one of the seams vertical.  Step back 4 feet perpendicular to the seam, and now see if you can tell where that seam is pointing, within 5 degrees.  A line across the top of a curved object, when viewed from the side, is incredibly difficult to tell where it's aimed.

Of course, but the curvature of the top surface of a driver does not have the same (or even similar) concavity or convexity.

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