What is the perfect tee shot? I have asked this question many times and have not really received a consensus on the results. I think each player has their own view and that is valid, but is there really a perfect tee shot? I have parameters that makes a perfect tee shot and rarely does it have anything to do with distance. It plays a factor in my final assessment, but I think a perfect tee shot is so much more. After hitting thousands of tee shots, I am confident I can identify perfection off the tee when I see it. Can you?
My perfect tee shot is very simple. The final results of my shot are exactly as I envisioned. For my game, it is not anymore complicated than that; achieving what I envision. Sounds pretty simple, but think of the number of tee shots that you hit well, but did not finish as you envisioned. I hit too many to count. But there are those few that exceed my expectations in location and distance.
Every one of my tee shot starts with my pre-shot routine where I visualize my ball flight. I see what I want to happen, I choose the club to make it so, and step up with confidence. I then commit to the shot and do not hesitate one bit. Any moment of hesitation or negative thoughts will prevent me from achieving my perfect tee shot.
The positive results of any tee shot, in my humble opinion, are a result of intentional actions rooted in my pre-shot routine. Specifically, the visualization process of watching my ball flight is key. I have my own process, however I think Jack Nicklaus says it best: “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I see the ball going there; its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behavior on landing. Then there is a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.”
Circling back to my original premise, is it possible to hit a perfect tee shot. According to Jack and me, it sure is. Distance is only a small part of a perfect tee shot. Hitting the perfect shot shape that results in my ball finishing where I visualize is my perfect tee shot! What is yours?