Hit Your Targets
My aiming trick stops you from missing left or right
When you see me playing in a tournament on TV, you'll notice that I stand behind the ball on every shot, point my clubshaft out in front of me, close my left eye, and then take my stance. What I'm doing is setting the shaft along the line I want my ball to start, then looking down the shaft to select a spot on the ground about three inches in front of the ball to help me get aligned at address. I do this because it's a lot easier to align your body and club to a close target than to one that's 150 to 200 yards away.
I've set up to the ball like this for many years, but when I was younger I'd point the shaft directly at the flagstick there were very few pins that I wouldn't go after, and I missed a lot of greens as a result. Now, I'm more apt to aim at the center of the green than directly at the pin, unless I'm playing catch-up and need to pull off a risky shot. If you're a mid-handicap golfer, it's a safe bet that you'd save at least four strokes every round if you aimed for the middle of the green on every approach.