Playing Tip – What To Aim At

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Pete

8 Responses to “Playing Tip – What To Aim At”

  1. Excellent instruction,Pete ,thank you .Each of us has his own idiosyncrasies ,so rather thank picking an obstacle as target ,I far much prefer singling out something higher ,such as a tree ,a tree limb ,a post ,a church steeple ,a chimney .I erase THE obstacles in my mind’s eye ,they do not exist.You know of course THE famous remark of BEN HOGAN to his Caddy ,who ,on a blind hole ,told him “Just aim to this bunch of trees “.BEN HOGAN just answered”Which tree ?”

  2. August 17, 2013

    JoseCarceller

    Pete, are you aiming your drivers to a precise spot where you want the ball to land or is it just an indicative direction that might be not reachable or even shorter where the ball should land (but with the correct direction)?

    • Pete

      August 19, 2013

      Pete Mitchell

      The spots I aim at are usually different, sometimes way into the distance knowing that I cannot possibly hit it, a building, a mountain top, tree, etc.. This way I am purely thinking about direction only and never thinking about distance. Then I am never trying to hit the ball as hard as possible but yet just making a good wing at it.

  3. August 17, 2013

    LenKoblenz

    Pete,

    Realistically, how much precision should we expect and be happy with? If you are hitting a driver at the right side of a bunker, what are your expectations?

    Thanks,
    Len

    • Pete

      August 19, 2013

      Pete Mitchell

      Len, The precision is all equal to how well your swing is working. I believe I said try with something of a small size; a bush, a side of a trap, etc.. Then from there try to make it as narrow as you can, I am actually picking out targets as small as a rake or a small tree branch. Start with picking out something the size of a bunker then keep narrowing it down from there.

  4. August 18, 2013

    BrienRicci

    Pete,
    I always feel like I am aimed right. Then I try to draw the ball.
    I hit many shots off the heal week to the right.
    I have trouble aiming more to the left. Makes me afraid
    To release the club. Any thoughts .

    Brien ( 10 ) HCP

    • Pete

      August 19, 2013

      Pete Mitchell

      Brien, First start putting some alignment sticks done to see where you are exactly aiming. This really sounds like you are trying to guide the ball. You might want to look at some of Paul’s videos on releasing the club. Weak to the right is usually from being tense and too tight. Also, check your grip to make sure it is in a neutral position, if its too strong then you will usually overcompensate and hold on too tight. Let me know if this helps.

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