Golf is difficult! There are not too many people who would argue with that.
It is possibly the most demanding of all sports given all the variables that are encountered and the small margins for error involved.
One of the factors that adds to the challenge is the fact that we stand side on in relation to the target. In this regard it is very different from most, if not all other target sports, where players face their target when trying to hit it.
As a result, one of the most common problems that club players suffer from is not aiming correctly, consequently missing the target far too frequently.
If this is an area of the game that you struggle with, improving your pre-shot routine may be the key to hitting straighter shots.
•Start by going directly behind the ball so that it is directly in line with you and the target, just like lining up a putt except you will be standing rather than crouching
•Now that you are facing the target it is far easier to see your target line, the imagery line running from the ball to the target
•Now select a reference point, this can be anything that catches your eye – different coloured grass, a leaf, the edge of a divot. It doesn’t matter what, as long as it is on your target line and no more than a foot in front of your ball
•Then simply position your club just as you would were you putting to the reference you’ve selected
•With the club aimed stand with your feet together so that the ball and club head are right in the middle as this will help ensure that you are square.
It is important to follow a routine like this with every club in the bag and not just the driver which is common among many amateurs.
Contrary to what many club players may think a routine like this does not have to slow the game, in fact when practiced it will become second nature and very slick.