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    Tee shot visualization

    I've been watching the 2019 John Deere Classic, and the 14th hole is a driveable par 4. Almost all of the guys are going for it, and most are on or around the green. You rarely find guys way offline, and the hole is 300+ yards long.

    The commentator mentioned how it's interesting that these guys can hit such great shots so far, yet sometimes struggle to hit fairways on basic tee shots.

    So his question - and something I'm asking here too - is should we all visualize a specific target, even an imaginary flagstick, and hit to that target on par 4s and 5s?

    What is your visualization when picking a target off the tee? Is it general, or specific?
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    For me, I pick an area I want my ball to land. In my mind, it's a 10' x 10' square. It's also usually on a specific vertical cut line, on the fairway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McLovin View Post
    I've been watching the 2019 John Deere Classic, and the 14th hole is a driveable par 4. Almost all of the guys are going for it, and most are on or around the green. You rarely find guys way offline, and the hole is 300+ yards long.

    The commentator mentioned how it's interesting that these guys can hit such great shots so far, yet sometimes struggle to hit fairways on basic tee shots.

    So his question - and something I'm asking here too - is should we all visualize a specific target, even an imaginary flagstick, and hit to that target on par 4s and 5s?

    What is your visualization when picking a target off the tee? Is it general, or specific?
    I try and be specific. When a fairway or required shape fits your eye, it's so much easier to see it and hit it.

    I do wonder for pros if sometimes the more straight forward the shot is, the harder it is for them to focus. Not to lose focus completely, but let their guard down some.
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    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
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    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.
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    My home course has 150 markers, so for me depending on the hole I use that as my reference/aiming point depending on which side of fairway I need to be on. I have a hard time finding a point of aim on wide open fairways.
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    Interesting post. Just took a lesson this AM and this was the recommendation from my instructor.

    Weather permitting, planning to play a couple rounds later today and tomorrow.

    Anxious to try it out.

    Instructor took it a little bit further though. Visualizing the entire ball flight aiming according to standard shot shape, height etc. as well.

    Pick a specific target, adjust for anticipated ball flight, and go.

    I'll be closely following this one.

    Previously had been aiming in just a very general area/direction. Results not good.

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    It's a specific spot, only a few feet or yards ahead of you on the tee box, that is in line with your target. Could be an old divot, broken tee, leaf, almost anything.

    That's how Jack Nicklaus did it and he's the greatest golfer ever so i think this would be something to emulate.
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    I know that I "should" but it's surprisingly seldom I actually "do". Well that's an overstatement. Yes, I usually have a specific aiming point of the edge of a bunker, a tree, the flagstick, something precise. Probably do it 60-70% of the time.

    The mystery is why I don't do it the other 1/3 of the time. If I'm honest, it's usually because I'm hitting it badly that day so I get mad and just step up and swing hard without even aiming at anything other than "the fairway". What a stupid I am.

    One thing I can not do no matter how I try (and I have tried real hard at various points in my life) is the deal with aiming the clubface at a blade of grass a foot in front of the club then lining up my body to the clubface. It simply is not how my kinesthetic sense works. It's the "align myself to the clubface" part. I'm either going to aim at a distant target and line up parallel to it or I will end up with my foot, hips, shoulders, arms and clubface all pointing in different directions.

    I'm pretty sure the first golf lesson I ever took (just a few weeks after the first time I ever touched a club) the pro put alignment sticks on the ground and had me line up my feet with the sticks, then lay the club on my shoulders and upper body aligned with my feet, then place the club behind the ball and aim the clubface along the target line. During the crucial first few months, when I was forming all my mental "wiring" for how to play golf, I spent hours at the driving range before and after rounds plus time in my back yard every day practicing that alignment routine.

    When I'm playing I no longer have the sticks nor do I do the club-on-shoulder thing. But it's just automatic to line up my feet, settle into my stance with my hips and shoulders square and only then address the ball and aim the clubface. A quarter-century on, it's hard to imagine how many hours it would take to get comfortable doing that in exactly the opposite order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *Range Rat View Post
    It's a specific spot, only a few feet or yards ahead of you on the tee box, that is in line with your target. Could be an old divot, broken tee, leaf, almost anything.

    That's how Jack Nicklaus did it and he's the greatest golfer ever so i think this would be something to emulate.
    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 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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    Playing a cut, Im usually aiming somewhere on the left half of a fairway. When I pick my line, I find a leaf or abnormal blade of grass or something about 4 or 5 feet in front of my ball that is along that aiming line and setup with that. Then swing away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Et Tu Brute? View Post
    See my post, typed at the same moment as yours. I'm with you, brother!
    Frustrating, but at least I know it's not just me.

    Et tu, Brute?

    Sorry. Had to ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antihero View Post
    Frustrating, but at least I know it's not just me.

    Et tu, Brute?

    Sorry. Had to ;)

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