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June 2, 2014

Topeka man develops golf ball to help players practice better

The goal of Sight Ball is to improve golfer’s stance, focus and accuracy.

When Harry Briggs was working at Sycamore Ridge Golf Course in Spring Hill, he saw a lot of products aimed at helping players improve their game. But he believed one thing was missing.

Briggs thought a golf ball should be designed to help players improve their game while practicing.

Briggs started researching and designing such a product about three years ago. He eventually got some help from the Small Business Development Center at Washburn University in Topeka, where Briggs lives, and he is now marketing a product called Sight Ball.

The intention is for a golfer using the ball during practice to begin by pointing a sight toward the target and one face up toward the golfer. The golfer also looks at a sight pointing at his or her feet to get the correct stance and then lines up a club with a sight in the back before swinging.

Briggs said the product can be used to help with tee shots as well as a player’s short game and putting.

“I figured there should be something on the actual ball to help your game,” Briggs said. “This ball helps with a golfer’s stance, focus and accuracy.”

Briggs has developed a website to promote his product, www.sightball.com.

| Tom Smith, tomsmith@kcstar.com

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