Symptom: Your golf practice routine doesn’t involve aiming sticks. Your swing “felt good” on the range, but the results aren’t there on the course.
You sadly watch another well-struck shot miss the fairway and bounce into the woods.
Yes, you hit it solidly. It felt good, just like it did on the driving range. But it didn’t go where you had intended, and now you have to pay the price by hacking out of the rough back to the fairway.
Overview: In your golf practice routine, and especially when warming up at the driving range, you must always pick a target to aim atNever just hit balls to watch them fly.
Why it works: Your golf practice routine needs to cover the things that you need to execute on the golf course. On the course, you are always aiming at something — the flag, a spot on the fairway, a tree in the distance, or something else, and so this is how you should practice.
This seems like such an obvious point. Yet, I promise you if you watch the average crowd at the driving range they are mostly just teeing it up and hacking away. Perhaps this is good aerobic exercise, but it is not golf practice.
Your Golf Practice Routine Needs an Aim Point Reinforced With Golf Aiming Sticks
Jordan Spieth uses an aiming stick to get the most out of his golf warmup and golf practice routine.
Furthermore, if you don’t deliberately aim at something during your golf practice sessions, you will (not might) get out of alignment, which can cause you to compensate during your swing and lead to inconsistent ball striking.
Ensuring good alignment is as simple as aiming at a point right in front of your ball, and using a club or golf aiming stick on the ground when you are on the range.
Do this always. No exceptions! Why such a stern exhortation? Watch the pros hit balls the next time you are at a tournament, and you will see that they almost always do this on the range. And they have hit a few more balls with more success than the rest of us have!
For example, here is Jason Day’s pre-round warmup routine. Pay attention to how he uses the aiming stick for his 9 iron and every other long club in his bag. He is absolutely not just hitting balls, he is putting the balls where he wants them by ensuring his alignment is consistent every time. Have a look:
Same for Jordan Spieth. Similar to Day, he doesn’t use an alignment stick for his 60 and 54 degree wedges, but does for pitching wedges and every other club in the bag (1:22)
Title: Golf Strategy: Aiming Stick Hack for an Immediate Consistency Boost
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Published Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000