As I perused my regular golfing sites, a thought popped into my head regarding my aim point on approach shots. I am not entirely sure if it is an issue, but it would be great to hear what you have to say. The premise of my idea is that I do not select the proper aim point when making an approach shot to the green. Let me explain.
When I am making a short chip of 10 yards, I have an exact spot on the green I want to land the ball. I have chosen this spot because I have read the green and believe it is the best spot to land the ball for it to go into the hole. I am fairly certain every player does this, right?
As my approach shots increase, my aim point seems to become larger and larger. I believe I am allowing myself more room for error by picking an area like the right half of the green or somewhere around the 100 yard marker. This broader aim point is what is causing me some mental challenges as I write this article.
It is interesting that when I drive the ball, I pick a very specific spot to aim. For instance, the tall tree, the 150 yard marker, or the telephone pole in the distance. I narrow my focus to select a specific aim point, yet I do not seem to apply this pre-shot routine to my approach shots.
So, I am thinking that I doing myself a disservice by not selecting a specific aim point on approach shots. The area concept is a bit self-defeating. The more I think about it, the more I realize that selecting an area is allowing my swing to produce a margin of error that I can accept. I am not sure this is a good thing for my game!
There you have it, after my ramblings, I would like to hear what you thing about your aim point on approach shots to the green. Do you use the area approach or a more focused aim point? I really what to know.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.