How to Visualize Your Line

By Steve Silverman

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Golf is a game of preparation. You need to think about every shot before you take it, a goal before you swing the club. You want to hit the ball down the middle when you step up to the tee, but you need a plan to do that. One of the things you can do is visualize the line your ball will take on the way down the fairway.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  1. Get behind your ball when you are standing on the tee. You want to visualize the path your ball will travel as it goes down the fairway. To do this, draw a line in your mind's eye from the tee area to the spot on the fairway where you intend to drive it.
  2. Draw another line once your ball is in the fairway to the green. If you are playing a par 4, you will have the opportunity to get the ball to the green on your second shot. As you visualize your line, you are planning the type of swing you are going to put on the ball.
  3. Line your self up squarely with your target once you have visualized your line. In order to hit the ball where you want it to go, you will need to have your left shoulder (for a right-handed golfer) facing the target. Next, make sure that your left foot is directly underneath your left shoulder and your feet are shoulder-width apart.
  4. Take a practice swing after you have visualized your line. As you bring the club back, take a peek at the angle of your club and determine if it is traveling along the line you visualized. If it is, you are ready to hit the ball. If not, you are going to have to rework that swing to make sure that it stays along the line.
  5. Prepare to hit the ball. Before you hit the ball, close your eyes and think of the line you have drawn from your ball to the spot in the fairway you are aiming. This will help cement the type of swing you are planning to take. After you have the picture in your mind, draw the club back and hit the ball.

Tips & Warnings

  • Visualize your swing before each shot. It's not enough just to do this before the first tee.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.