One of my favourite quotes you often hear golf coach Butch Harmon say on Sky Sports is "aim at nothing and you will hit it every time!" Although this comment often raises a smile on most golfers faces, the saying has a very pertinent hidden meaning.
It is very easy to get through a whole range session working purely on ball striking mainly achieved by thinking of the golf swing or watching the flight of the ball. Golfers will predominantly aim where their mat or bay is pointing and often do not even check accurately where that straight line heads to.
My suggestion would be for golfers to spend the last 15 minutes of any range practice session and work on playing shots to various targets out on the range. Perform spot checks using your alignment rods to make sure that your stance and club face are in agreement to one another.
Aiming is a skill in the same way swinging a golf club is. It takes time and practice to be able to orientate yourself correctly to something that can be over 150 yards away. And a big word of warning, never assume! You have to check your aim. I have never once had someone admit to aligning bad on the course, not because they want to deceive me but because they are unaware of their issues.
So get checking guys and remember what Butch says!
Brendan Howell, PGA Golf Professional.