Identify your intended line with a bi-ocular view.
If you are lining up a two-foot putt or hitting your drive on a five-hundred-yard par five, both align the same way, with a bi-ocular view. When you want to provide your mind with the visual data needed to strike the ball accurately in the exact direction you want to go, you face your target to acquire that information.
What is bi-ocular alignment?
Bi-ocular alignment on the golf course is using both eyes to identify one’s intended line by standing facing the precise direction you intend your ball to travel. A skilled golfer will use this method for every shot on the golf course, for the driver, fairway woods, irons, wedges and for chipping and putting.
Let’s say you’re on the tee box of a long par four. You’ve decided to use your driver and hit the ball straight down the middle of a wide fairway. What is the process you would use to align your body for a accurate shot down the middle?
Here’s what you do:
- Tee your ball.
- Pick an object in the distance for a precise target, the flag on the green, a tree, a lamp post, a power pole, etc. Never, never just hit the ball ‘out there somewhere’ or ‘down the left side’. Never hit toward a group of trees, always pick a particular tree. Be precise.
- Stand six feet behind the ball with your ball on a direct line between your eyes and the chosen target.
- Stand with your face, chest, tummy, knees and nose, and thus both eyes, facing straight down the fairway towards your target, straight down the line you want the ball to travel.
- After you have chosen a far target, choose a near target. Choose an object on the ground about three feet in front of the ball directly on your target line, a leaf, a broken tee peg, a twig, an odd sprig of grass. This near target makes it easy to set your body and club to the ball correctly.
- Approach the ball and set your club behind the ball, squaring your clubface to your near target, the target about three feet in front of your ball.
- Set the club first, then set your body to the club. Set the clubhead first to precisely know where to set your feet.
- Align to your near target (and thus to your far target).
- Set your feet, torso and shoulders at a 90º angle to your target line.
You must not skip the bi-ocular view and stand sideways to your target line and choose your target with one eye closer to the target than the other.
Prepare your mind before every shot by giving your mind a balanced, bi-ocular view. Give your mind the highest quality information available to hit the ball on a precise line. Before you set up, SEE the line you want the ball to travel. See yourself hitting the shot you imagine on the precise line you have chosen.
Warning: Once you have determined your line and visualized your shot by using a bi-ocular view, never change your mind at address. Never change your mind when you’re standing over the ball in the address position, that is, standing sideways to your intended line. This is especially true for putting. A sideways view is NOT the same as a bi-ocular view. Trust your bi-ocular view.
Remember, a skilled golfer will use the bi-ocular method of determining line for every shot on the golf course, for the driver, fairway woods, irons, wedges and for chipping and putting. However, I must warn you, you’re not allowed to use binoculars. I don’t really think they would help you in any case and they’re much too hard to keep in place when you’re swinging. For golf, your eyes are sufficient.
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