Hitting The Perfect Tee Shot

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?

4 thoughts on “Hitting The Perfect Tee Shot

  1. Of course this applies to all shots, not just tee shots. And I share the same view on how to define perfection. I just don’t try and hold myself to any thought of attaining it.

    I don’t envision what I get. Ever. Not really. I’m envisioning perfection and I just can’t deliver. So it’s not the standard I’m holding myself up to. I hold myself to ‘is it good enough’. Another wholly subjective but far easier on the soul way of measuring myself. lol

    I can not think of a single ace, a single hole out, a singe chip in that went exactly as I envisioned. Not one. But I’ve sure had a lot of them over the years. I chipped in twice tonight for eagle to start and finish our skins game and neither went as envisioned. The only thing I got perfect was direction. Well, maybe timing with that last one. lol

    The first came off low and hotter than planned and got stopped by the pin and the second one I lobbed a 60 meaning to land it well short and while I couldn’t see it, the guys said it landed in the hole which means I was a good ten feet long. Both had great direction. Both were unlikely to have stayed on the green had they not got stopped by the hole. They were good enough. My first ace was not envisioned as a tall fading ball that would catch the ridge and run it to the hole. That’s for sure. My second and third didn’t go as planned really either though the shorter one was pretty close. It flew higher though than I pictured so it still wasn’t ‘perfect’. It was just good enough.

    I say this because it does effect how you think of yourself out there. Or it can if you let it. I tend to want to hold myself to a higher standard on the greens. At least with line and speed. But even there, the right mix of misses will put the ball in the hole too. I had one of those today too. Good enough. If I think any other way, it’s far too depressing.

    By the way, that first eagle was matched. One of the guys dropped a 30 footer for his eagle after I chipped mine in. That hurt. lol

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    • Kevin,

      I see your point. I would content that if the ball goes in it is a perfect shot. The fact that it may not follow our intent is another story. Regardless, it is important to envision our shots because it gives us a basis for hitting the ball the way we want. I think this area of golf is a fuzzy logic area and that there is a positive solution, no clear path.

      Cheers Jim


  2. My perfect tee shot emdd in the fairway and in the side of the fairway I wanted. I used to draw the ball, especially on tee shots bit as I have aged and gone thru some health and body issues, my swing has decided I should hit a fade. Right now I have a slight fade shot that I can trust and that works perfect for me. I have lost a little distance but I rarely miss a fairway which allows me to score better. I can picture my tee shot, pick a spot and generally find the fairway. What more can I ask except another 10 yrds which we all want. I am happy to just continually hit fairways which give me a chance to hit greens. Happy New Year

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    • Doug,

      Happy New Year to you and your family. Hitting the fairway more often than not is definitely more valuable than the extra 10 yards you are missing. Keeping your scores consistent and then shooting low once in awhile is a good thing.

      Cheers Jim


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