It will take a lot of hard work to swing like a pro, but you can 100% set up to the ball as good as a tour player with a little practice.
In this video, I'm going to teach you how to set up consistently and accurately at your target. I'll show you what Tiger and Jack do to repeatedly aim their clubface and body for the shot they want to hit.
Your goal is to create a consistent process when you hit each shot. Watch the best player's in the world, and you'll see all kinds of swings getting the job done. One of the things they do have in common is they all create a consistent process for each shot.
They try to take the same number of steps into the ball and look at the target the same amount of times, it may vary from golfer to golfer, but the key is to keep it simple and consistent. They all start behind the ball and picture the shot they want to hit, walk into the ball, align their clubface and body lines accordingly, take the same number of looks at the target, stay present to their swing feeling(s), and then swing with the target in mind.
Learning to set up at an intermediate target can make it a lot easier to consistently aim your clubface and body lines for the shot that you created in your mind. It will also help you feel how to control your club path.
Hitting a good shot requires more than a good swing. Here are the keys to creating a consistent process that you can take from the range to the course.
Make a couple of practice swings rehearsing the feeling that you're working on for that day.
Start behind the ball. I like to close one eye and raise my club, so I can create a line from the ball to the path I want to start my ball on.
Visualize your desired start line, ball flight, and end target.
Look at your start line 1-3 feet in front of the ball and find a spot (a piece of grass or leaf) that you can easily aim your clubface.
Walk into the ball, looking at the spot, and align your clubface. Then set your feet and body lines for the shot you want to hit.
Once your club and body are aligned the way you want, look to your end target. Tiger looks once and then hits, Jack looks twice. Find what works for you.
Look back at the ball and then make your swing with your target in mind. Stay present to your body, feel the key feeling that you rehearsed in your practice swing.
It may sound long when you write it out, but with practice, the whole process should take less than 30 seconds. It's not fast, it's efficient, and it will help you quiet your mind when you're playing.
The next video, 'How to Understand Your Ball Flight,' will help you figure out what your clubface and club path are doing on each shot. Please let me know if you have any questions along the way; I'm here to help! I look forward to helping you improve your game.