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    Quote Originally Posted by jdtox View Post
    I don't visualize a specific target but I do find that when I try to visualize a specific shot shape the results are often better
    This is me with the exception of having distance in mind. I'm always looking for what distance I want the next shot to be from.
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    Usually picking the target in the distance and line to there and wanting to be 10 yards either side of that line
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    I usually notice all the places I shouldn't hit, then hit into one of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antihero View Post
    I have been trying to this for over 2 years.

    Results have been terrible.

    I believe a lot (maybe most?) use this approach but for me, it just doesn't work.

    I end up aiming way right if where my target is.

    For whatever reason I just can't make this work.



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    Quote Originally Posted by McLovin View Post
    i'm with you ethan. picking that spot in front of the ball is something i rarely have any success with.
    Curious---you're a LOT better than I am:

    Did you try the aforementioned method and switch?



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    I play a fade so I usually pick a spot on the left side of the fairway as a starting point and then a spot between it and the ball a few feet in front of the ball. I use that line for my alignment and try to hit my shot on that line. If I do it right it fades back into the fairway

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    I do the "pick a spot on your line a few feet in front of the ball" and with that I have that line in mind. But, I've not really focused in a particular "spot" in the fairway where I want my drive to be. I definitely think I could benefit from it rather than just trying to start the ball on my line and hoping to hit it in the fairway.

    And this is related to a problem I've noticed in another shot that I don't really focus in on as much as I should. If I need to lay-up on a hole, I haven't been giving that shot the attention it requires and hitting a good shot too many times. By way of example, we have a dogleg par 5 on my course. It isn't long but you need to be 270 plus on the left side of the fairway before you can get a shot to the left side of the elevated green without hitting a big cut around some old growth hardwoods. And there is a bunker short middle and water short right. Anything short (other than left) is most likely going to funnel into one of those. Even if you're 285 in the middle, you'll have to work the ball more around the trees. If I can't see the green, I'll have in mind where I want to be and what yardage (usually 100 - 130) will get me there. But I'll step up thinking this is just a little punch or chipped shot and chunk it, hit it offline, or what have you. I know I should focus on the shot more but I take it for granted too many times. It drives me nuts.

    Good topic, I hope to be more small target specific and focused.
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    This will sound strange, but my visualization improved after switching to a crazy color ball (matte red) for 6 rounds or so. I now can see a tracker type line easier when teeing off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by oumagic View Post
    This will sound strange, but my visualization improved after switching to a crazy color ball (matte red) for 6 rounds or so. I now can see a tracker type line easier when teeing off.
    Makes complete sense to me! I just have a hard time at address with my eyes jumping all over the place using them.
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    I tend to play best when I put as little thought into each shot as possible. If I stand there and try pick a small target, and then visualize a specific flight I'm pretty much effed. Once I pick a club that eliminates the possibility of trouble, I just like to step up to the tee, aim up the left side, and swing hard. Anything beyond that spells disaster.
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    I try to visualize a landing area and a starting target line. But if I am struggling with a shot shape that round, it becomes rather blurry haha
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    I've always thought about a similar situation relative to starting a ball online. If I need to hit through a hole, close to a tree, over or under something, etc... I'm usually pretty successful. Yet at the same time, I'm apt to start the ball way offline from the teebox or middle of the fairway. I briefly tried to imagine a tree in the fairway that I must narrowly avoid to try and hone in on my accuracy, but it never seemed to work for me...

    I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned from narrowing your focus here - lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by NullNomad View Post
    Makes complete sense to me! I just have a hard time at address with my eyes jumping all over the place using them.
    I switched back to white or yellow, but I now can visualize a red line after using those for 6 rounds. It is strange but I am loving it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CobraX51 View Post
    I stand behind the ball to look out in the fairway. I set my club behind the ball and pick a piece of grass a few inches in front of the ball.
    I pick the "aim" spot as I'm looking at a target, then place the club. Same horse, different jockey.
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    I think the answer to the first part is it depends. A lot of people push the aim small, miss small motto in golf, but there is at least one study I came across saying for golf a general visualization worked better for a group of people tested. So it may be something you have to try for yourself.

    For the second part, I use an intermediate target. It absolutely helps me with alignment, but it’s something I’ve done for a few years now and practice regularly. My son tends to line up left of his intermediate target and swing out to the right. Whenever I have him step back he sees that he lined up wrong, but doesn’t consciously do it. I think his subconscious is directing him because he has a tendency to hit pushes as a miss. The problem is that he hits straight more often than not and will typically miss left when he does this. So I take it as a learning issue and something we just continue to work on.

    We both also visually the shot shape we want and try to make our practice swing feel the way it needs to feel to accomplish the task. It works well enough most of the time so I think it helps us.
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