As seen on Golf Channel: Playing to your tendencies can help you hit more fairways and avoid the high numbers

By GOLFTEC Digital

Aim smarter off the tee- tee boxWe all know golf is hard. At times, REALLY hard.

Maybe one of the most frustrating parts of the game happens when you get into one of those ruts of hitting your tee shots everywhere BUT the fairway.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t say you can help your cause big time with the aid of a GOLFTEC Coach. But, aside from straightening your swing out in the bay, you can improve the result of your tee shots quite simply by learning how to play to your tendencies – not away from them.

Learn your pattern, aim smarter from the tee

Yes, it’s that simple.

If you know, for instance, that 75 percent of your tee shots slice and your driving pattern looks a lot like the one below (for right-handers), moving your aim point farther to the left will shift the majority of those shots into the fairway and out of the trees and rough (as shown in the second image).

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These dots represent a typical shot pattern for golfers that slice their tee shots.
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These dots represent that same slicing shot pattern, but with a shift in aiming farther left.

Again … yes, it’s that simple!

But many golfers don’t do this for a number of reasons.

Perhaps they don’t realize they actually do slice that often. Or maybe they know it, but think they’re already aimed far enough to left. Or perhaps they’re just stubborn and refuse to play to the slice which, even if you’re working on your golf swing, there’s a time and place to play for the perfect shot and there’s a time and place avoid double bogey.

And regarding that last point which is exampled hole layout above, even the two “perfect” shots will end up in a much better place than the 12 others would without aiming farther to the left. So what do you have to lose?

The point is it all comes down to course management and being aware of your shot pattern – your real shot pattern – and adjusting from there.

VIDEO: Learn Your Pattern, Aim Smarter

In the video below, Patrick Nuber discusses course management and how being aware of your tendencies can help create more success off of the tee.

If you need more help understanding your game, find a GOLFTEC near you and talk to a Coach.

If you’re not sure if this tip is for you, talk to a Coach at a GOLFTEC near you today!

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