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Drawing Ball Path using XNA

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hello, I am currently making a golf ball game using C# and XNA.
So far I have been able to make the ball fly, bounce, and roll, while displaying the position and velocity.
Now I want to be able to see the ball path (similar to images below), in order to check the whole ball movement.

![golf ball path]([url="http://www.golf-simulators.com/images/ms4.jpg"]http://www.golf-simu.../images/ms4.jpg[/url])

My code updates the ball position at a fixed time interval. I am thinking of:
1) using these position,
2) insert them to an array of VertexPositionColor[],
3) and draw them using GraphicsDevice.DrawUserPrimitives<VertexPositionColor>() method

but I have no luck so far, the VertexPositionColor is static array, while the amount of position data is always increasing.

I am thinking of using List<VertexPositionColor>, but the GraphicsDevice.DrawUserPrimitives<VertexPositionColor>() method refuse to take that as an input
protected override void Draw(GameTime gameTime) {
trail_vertice = new VertexPositionColor;
trail_vertice.Position = Position;
trail_vertice.Color = Color.Black;
trail_amount += 1;

graphics.GraphicsDevice.DrawUserPrimitives<VertexPositionColor>(PrimitiveType.LineStrip, trailList, 0, trail_amount);

I do not need an advanced effect like using particle engine. Just a single line is enough. Any suggestion?

Thanks in advance

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[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][size=3][left][background=rgb(250, 251, 252)]List<VertexPositionColor> has a ToArray() function that will convert it to type VertexPositionColor[][/background][/left][/size][/font][/color]

[font="helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif"][size="2"][color="#282828"]For the sake of speed though, i'd suggest keeping it as the array to begin with and just set it so its initailised with a predetermined maximum size, eg new VertexPositionColor[256]; [/color][/size][/font][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][size=1]If you go to add more verticies, and the array is full, then you can start treating it like a ring/circle buffer and forget the oldest points.[/size][/font][/color][/left]

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