We've all heard the tips about choosing a spot a few feet in front of your ball as an "intermediate" target when lining up a shot. And, although I don't know if the idea originated with him or not, I know I first heard it from Jack Nicklaus. At this point, I think it's fairly common amongst a lot of players. I've watched old video of Jack, and his routine seemed to be one of 'look at ball, then intermediate target, then landing area target, then intermediate, then landing area, and back and forth a couple of times.'
I never used to do this but am trying to start incorporating it in my routine nowadays. Today at the range I even went a step further, and once I picked my intermediate target, I never bothered with the flag anymore after that. It seemed to work quite well. I'm considering staying with this and am wondering if it will turn out to be an even more accurate routine.
Now, this would probably only work for full shots, because if you're playing any kind of shot that involves feel, then you're probably gonna want to have your final target in your head. But any shot where you know you're taking a full swing, why not do it this way??
My idea comes from being a bowler. Bowlers never look at the pins ... only the target (most use the 15' arrows, others use dots), so why not incorporate that idea in golf?
What do you all think?