Master Your Aim
Before you hit the golf ball, you should decide your target carefully. Those who are starting out in golf do not pay much attention to pre-shot routine and those who do, actually don’t follow the routine. Every seasoned golfer has a pre-shot routine to stick to. These routines are important even though they might seem boring and not excited. However, you will enjoy the game of golf much more if you focus on your pre-shot routines because it will help you perform better shots after practicing on golf net and it will lower your score as well.
Try to visualize a good place to pitch the ball and think about where you don’t want the ball to go because one very important factor of playing golf is to know where not to miss! Try to visualize the distance to the target and check for any “danger areas” or obstacles, such as winds or rain. Think about every aspect, such as uphill or downhill shot, side hole shot and try to visualize where the ball will bounce and roll.
Now it’s time to decide what shot you want to perform and how you want the ball to fly, so pick a target area. It should be a shot that you know you can make, don’t try to make a shot that you know you can’t perform. In other words, don’t pick a target that will turn a good shot in a poor shot. Next you should choose a precise target that will allow the golf ball to end up in the middle of the target that you just chose. That is to say, if you calculate that the wind will pitch your ball 5 yards to the left of your chosen target spot, then your final spot is supposed to be 5 yards to the right of your target spot.
It’s ideal to choose a spot that is already in the environment around you. You could, for example, choose a tree trunk, stone, fairway stripe or anything else that you can find that will make up for a good target. This is just to help you to focus on something that you can line-up with and can be something in the far distance. The item that you have now chosen is your target for your golf swing.
Prepare Your Swing
It’s time to pick up the proper golf club and start visualizing the shot. Visualize the flight pattern of the golf ball in your mind and picture it bouncing and rolling on the fairway. Grab the club, hold it up in front of you and in line with the ball and the target area. Use the club to select a mark on the target line of around 1-2 yards ahead of the golf ball. It has to be something small, and something that you can easily see such as a pitch mark. Also, keep in mind that it has to be located far enough in front of the golf ball for you to visualize the target line without distracting you. However, it can’t be too far because it also needs to be close enough for you to see it clearly without turning your head away.
Once again, try to picture the shot in your mind, just to be on the safe side because the target is all there is to it. I know that it’s much easier to say it than do it, but at this stage, try to avoid thinking about what might go wrong or what kind of troubles you might end in. These are factors that can limit your swing and you could end-up with a poor shot at this stage.
Again, approach the golf ball from behind, line up with your desired target, and perform a soft practice swing. Use the target for alignment and take your stance in front of the ball now and once you perform your swing, you should be aware of your chosen target. Make few practice swings without hitting the ball and glimpse over to your desired target to properly align and once you are lined up for the stance, make your best shot.
How to Make a Straight Shot?
Its likely that you might have heard that the straight shots are the most difficult ones to perform and the truth is that they are. In general, it is easy to hit a draw or fade than it is to make the shot straight. However, when we are talking about accuracy, this is not the case. There is one thing that I need to point out at this stage, a straight shot is not harder to perform than a 6yard draw or 7 yard fade.
Many seasoned golfers are able to perform strikes that are aimed a little right and then pull off the shot quite effectively or on the other hand, aimed left and pushed. It’s important that you know how to master your swing. Once you master your swing, you will be able to hit the ball straight every shot. Let’s look deeper into some key factors.
It’s important to understand and discuss the alignment because we can think about the alignment as the “rail-road tracks” and it makes perfect sense. Basically, if you think about it, your feet are aligned along the rail tracks and the face of the golf club, the golf ball and the target are outside the rail-tracks and this is known as the target line. I mention the feet because it is relatively easy to align your feet parallel to the target and then square your body.
However, where does your alignment start? It starts with your golf clubs head. Have in mind that it is not enough to align your body perfectly if your clubs head is not square at impact in order to perform a straight shot. Your golf clubs’ head angle needs to be aligned at impact to make the golf ball fly straight.
In other words, the angle at impact will greatly influence the direction of where the golf ball will fly and it will have more influence on the flight path than your swing. Think of it this way, your left hand is basically accountable for the clubs’ face angle at impact and what you should do is to use the club face as a place to start your alignment process.
Now, at this point, you need to have everything aligned parallel to the target line (by everything i mean feet, knees, hips, arms, shoulder, thighs and eyes). It’s extremely important to align your whole body parallel to the garget line.
The most important factor to take from here is that your clubs’ face, your eyes and shoulders are the things you should be focusing on primarily here. Why these factors? Because they are going to determine your swing path and will have the most effect on squaring the club face at impact.
It’s not good idea to turn your body to face your golf ball. You should look at the golf ball but do not turn your head towards it. What you need to do is to keep your eyes parallel to the garget line. Once you address the ball, turn your head to look at the target and then square your eyes again before performing the swing.
To explain further, in case that your shoulders or eyes are lined up a little bit off to the right of the target, it will most likely make you take the club back too much to the inside once you reach your back-swing. This will make your swing too steep and will make you hit the ground behind the ball. So, if you happen to align your eyes to the right (of the target), it will most likely cause you a push hook and on the other hand, too far too the left will result in a pull slice.
Similarly, if you tilt your head, it can cause similar problems. It can cause your swing to be too steep or way too flat and it will make it far more difficult to stay in balance when you are swinging. The fact is that your head is going to tilt a bit, as you tilt your spine to address the ball, it needs to tilt to maintain good posture. However, it’s essential that you keep your eyes fairly level as you swing but without restricting your back-swing.
Keep Your Feet Parallel
I advise you to point your toes and knees forward. In other words, your feet should be parallel to each other and your toes and heels should be parallel to the target line. Maybe your hip movements are limited and in that case, you could turn your left foot out a bit, but not more than 20-30 degrees. If you do so, it will assist turning into the follow-through at the same time you maintain balance.
Keep in mind that you should never turn your right foot out. Maybe somebody did tell you that it could help you to make a full turn on the back swing, but it won’t. If you help the hip to turn more, it will be counter-productive because almost all the power will come from the split between your hips and shoulders all through the backs-wing.
Should you choose to turn your left foot out, you should always do it after you have addressed the golf ball and aligned your body. Moreover, make sure that your hands are parallel with the target line.