What kind of ball flight do I use?
For starters, there are 9 different golf shots that I believe all really good golfers have the ability to access.
High Traj: Draw, Cut, Straight
Mid Traj: Draw, Cut, Straight
Low Traj: Draw, Cut, Straight
Most amateur golfers have one ball flight. So they think. This is how we can make it so that our driving range time isn't wasted.
Let's say that your natural golf shot is a cut. Let's go a step further and say that your natural golf shot is a high cut. Boom, there's one. Now instead of trying to learn how to hit a draw, lets first take our natural cut and learn how to hit it mid traj and low traj and BOOM now you have 3 shots.
Adding a draw will take a little coaching but that's why you have me in your back pocket. If you are trying to figure out how to work the ball the opposite direction that you do now, get in touch and let's get you dialed up for some one-on-one coaching.
I believe that in order to play your best golf, you need to have 3 shots in the bag. You at the least need to be able to control your traj.
One thing that I think is huge when you are the driving range/course is to pick targets that are out of reach to aim out. Typically in the air somewhere. This could be anything from a cloud, to a radio tower, water tower, trees, buildings, anything that is outside the boundaries of the golf course.
I enjoy this philosophy because it takes your focus away from the irrelevant information that the golf course tries to feed you. Instead of seeing the water that protects the entire left side of the course, your eyes have gravitated towards the peak of the mountain that you're going to hit this ball to.
Also when you pick a target that is extremely outside the boundary, you become more relaxed when it comes time to execute. The pressure of hitting it to the peak of the mountain is nonexistent due to the fact that it is an impossible task.
Now that there is no pressure, we naturally are going to have better tempo, more confidence, and thus hitting more consistent golf shots.
Really start practicing aiming at targets in the distance and you will soon find yourself being able to take your driving range game to the golf course.
Where do I want the ball to go?
After you have determined ball flight, you must determine where you want the ball to end. You have to look at the green, the pin location, the terrain, and determine where the easiest place to get the ball in the hole in two shots would be. Since most golfers hit a slice of some sort, that is the ball flight that I am going to use for this example. If you happen to hit a draw, just take the inverse of the example.
Let's think about something.......
- The pin is tucked on the right side of the green. It is in the middle in relation to depth. There is also a bunker 10 feet right of the pin. We know that this ball is going to be coming in from left to right, so when we are determining where we want this ball to go, I would say that we need to keep it left of the pin.
- In order to keep it left of the pin, that would require me to aim about 10 yards left of the green so that by the time my ball came to a stop, it was still left of the pin.
- Let's say that I keep the same alignment and I pulled my shot a little bit, I will now be either on the left side of the green or I will have a basic up/down to try and save par.
- Let's say that I keep the same alignment and I push it a little bit. I am either going to be on the right side of the green or almost in the bunker but I have given myself the luxury of successfully failing.
It is in the simple thinking like this that allows us to play our best golf on a consistent basis. We have to be able to put ourselves in positions where we are getting positive results out of average swings.
In order to be the most successful, where do I need to start this ball?
I think that this is the final piece but the most important. From our unreachable target, we are going to draw a line all the way back to our ball and everything that we do will be lined up to this spot.
This is going to be a spot that is well within your peripheral vision. I want you to be able to see this spot while you are looking down at the ball.
The reason for this is to take away the course and bring all of your attention to the golf ball and your setup.
After you have determined the other three aspects, and you get your start spot, all you have to do is setup, breathe, take one look at your unreachable target and SEND IT.
We you get comfortable with this process, you won't need to take the second look. You should be able to pick out your start spot, setup to the ball, make your swing and it go in the direction that you wanted it to.
The reason that your golf game doesn't transfer from the driving range to the golf course is because of the way you practice. Get into the habit of giving every single golf shot on the range the respect that it deserves and I promise it will start to translate into your future rounds.