Topeka man develops golf ball to help players practice better

06/02/2014 6:35 PM

06/03/2014 2:23 PM

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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