Picking Target Golf

Where is my target?

How many of us can say with conviction that we ALWAYS have a target in mind when we address the golf ball?

Instead, as we approach the ball, negative chatter starts to fill our heads and our minds wander from the job at hand. Whether it be technical swing thoughts, fear of embarrassment or dwelling on a recent mistake, we are distracted from our objective.

To play our best golf, it is imperative we are completely in the present moment and immersed in the shot we are about to hit. More specifically, our target. Everything else is secondary. Clear your head and have nothing but the target in mind, and be as precise as you can be. Pick small trees for long shots and the hole for short shots. Never hit to a general area. Greats like Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller actually saw the ball bounce when it landed before playing a shot. This is the level of focus on our target we need to have to discover our true potential. Ask youself this question ahead of EVERY shot: “Where is my target?” If we can discipline ourselves with this practice, we will start to increase our focus and commitment, which will lead to better execution and better scores.

Do you have a clear target in mind before EVERY shot?

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David MacKenzie

is a mental golf coach and lives in Washington DC. He is the founder of Golf State of Mind, a teaching program designed to help golfers condition their minds to overcome fear and play with confidence.

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