Figuring out how to aim in golf is one of the most important aspects you will do before taking a shot. Golf is a game of accuracy. If you can make the ball go where you want, this can cut significant strokes off your game. The many moving parts it takes to make a good golf shot, from your arms to your legs and waist, to how you hold the club can make aiming in golf more than just looking down the fairway and hitting the golf ball.
- Look at the course. Before you can take a shot, you need to stare down the fairway in the direction you want the ball to go. Many people make the mistake, either due to nerves or inexperience, of just walking up to the ball and swinging in any direction. Always have a look at the layout of the hole from the tee box before you approach your shot.
- Get good distance from the ball. If you are not at a proper distance from the ball, your aim won't matter. Too far from the ball and you risk a slice. Too close and you may hook it or miss the ball completely. A general rule of thumb for the correct stance is to stand where your arms are fully extended to the ball when holding the club and your knees can slightly bend.
- Set your feet properly. Even if you have the perfect setup to this point, misplaced feet can cause your aim to be off. Set your club head behind the ball on the tee. If the club head faces right at the hole, your feet are set correctly. If the club head faces off into the trees, adjust your feet.
- Pick a spot in the fairway to aim. The spot where you aim your golf shot may be straight down the fairway or to one side or the other depending on how the hole is laid out. Pick a spot to aim where you will be left with the best shot to the green. Find a spot on that line much closer to you and aim there. Hopefully your ball will travel on the line you aimed.
- Find your line. With putting, aiming is quite a bit different. With the driver, you just want to pick the best line–straight forward most of the time–and make a good swing. Many times on a putting green your best line to the hole will require you to aim away from the hole.
- Find landmarks. Many greens have marks on the surface from divot repairs and cleat marks. Use these as landmarks in aiming your putt on the line, if possible. If the green is large and you have a long putt, aiming at a spot much closer to you than the hole that is on your line can help you overread a putt.
- How does the green break? After you have your initial aim on the putting green, determine whether there are other breaks from the initial read. If the putt starts left, does the green come back right closer to the hole? You may have to adjust your aim to account for the second break in the first break. For instance, if a put that starts out breaking left and ends up breaking right, you will need to aim straight for the hole (depending on break angle) to hole the putt.