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Improve your golf game with target line maintenance

Karl FischerBy Karl Fischer,
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Always focus on a small target, even if it's a spot in the fairway, before your swing. (Courtesy USGA)

The object of this great game of golf is to strike the ball into the hole in one smooth motion. As long as you have a club in your bag that goes that far, it is a reasonable goal. How do we do it?

Think it: Confidence.

Now think target line maintenance. The shortest distance between the ball and pin is a straight line. See the line and work it.

Don't hit one ball without a target. The target is the pin or, if you cannot shoot directly at it or see it, envision quarter on the fairway and aim at this small target.

Right, you say -- maybe you can do it but not me. This is a simple decision. If you try it in earnest, you will be amazed at the improvement.

If we get a little lazy and shoot at the green, which is 150 feet across, then our target – the cup -- is effectively 150 feet across. That would make the game much easier.

Aim at the quarter and your game will improve immediately.

Karl Fischer has spent some 35-plus plus years teaching golf nationally and internationally earning the title of "IGAD-Doctorate," "CIMTP-Certified International Master Teaching Professional," "CMCB-Certified Master Club-Builder" and "CGC-Certified Golf Clinician." He has written six golf books, thousands of editorials, tips, "Bullet-Proof Drills" and much more. He can be reached at KF@555golf.com or by phone at (817) 673-8888.

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    Bill Miller wrote on: Feb 13, 2013

    In the above article you say "envision quarter on the fairway and aim at this small target". Please explain in more detail what this actually means.