Building Alignment Trust Using Intermediate Spot Techniques

    This is not a complicated method to add to your golf game. In fact, this is probably one of the easier things you will learn in golf. Simply pick an intermediate point between your golf ball and the target, line yourself up, and swing away. It’s not hard. However, in practice, it can be hard to trust this process when first getting started. You might find yourself feeling compelled to look back and forth between the actual target and the intermediate target to make sure they are lined up correctly. As you already know, any kind of doubt in your golf game is a serious problem. To have this method work as it should, you are going to need to learn how to trust it completely.

    As you might expect, the best place to build trust in a new method is on the driving range. Here, you can practice various new techniques without the pressure of needing them to work. If you hit a bad shot on the range, you just line up another ball and go again. Most amateur golfers fail to take advantage of the opportunity to that the driving range provides for meaningful improvement.

    During your next trip to the driving range, work through the following process in order to start building trust in this powerful alignment method.

  • Pick out a club and a target to get started. It is a good idea to start out with a mid-length shot, something roughly in the neighborhood of 150 yards. Find a prominent target on the range to aim at for these shots, and use a club which is appropriate for the distance.
  • Set your first golf ball down in front of you and get ready to hit the shot. Before walking up to take your stance, stand behind the ball and select an intermediate target. Even on the driving range, you should have plenty of options at your disposal. Make sure this intermediate target is both close to your golf ball and perfectly on line with the actual target for the shot.
  • Walk up to the golf ball while keeping your eyes on the intermediate target you have selected. When you arrive at the ball, the first order of business is to place the club head down behind the ball so that it is aligned with your intermediate target. Pretend you are going to be chipping the ball to that intermediate spot – get the club face lined up as perfectly as you can. Then, when your club face is in position, move your feet into place to complete the stance. Basically, you are going to align your club face to the intermediate target, then use your club face alignment to set your feet. Doing things in this order will lead to accurate results more often than not.
  • With everything set, go ahead and hit the shot. During these practice sessions, you are not going to look up at the target at all while preparing to swing. Just get yourself aligned correctly with the intermediate target, take a moment to settle in, and swing away. When you look up, you might be surprised to see that your ball is heading directly for the target more often than not.
  • For the duration of your practice session, work on mastering the skill of picking out an intermediate target. By using this method while you practice, it will be easy to put into action when you are on the course.
  • As mentioned earlier, it is far easier to learn how to use this kind of aiming method than it is to learn a new technique in your golf swing. Make this method a priority during practice and it will soon start to pay dividends on the course.