Bradley Hughes - Aim Drill

Bradley Hughes discusses how he teaches his students to aim precisely for each shot. He and Steve Elkington demonstrate how differently they aim using this drill.

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I don't like sticks to line up. Because if I put a stick down, I can't hit it from that stick.

Right. Neither can I. And I think everyone has their own unique alignment. Like you, I tend to aim right because of my right eye. And I look back at my target.

I aim left, and I swing my shoulders around.

There you go.

So I know where I'm at.

Seeing it out of that eye. And I did a little thing with a lot of my students. So I don't care where they aim. And, obviously, you need to aim based on your golf swing. You come that way, you're going to aim right and pull it back. If you aim this way, you're going to aim left and push it out. Trevino.

All that.

So I just get people to learn not to aim perfect, but learn to aim what they see. So this is a really good tool. We use those blue flags out in the distance, there. And I might get you to do this, actually. You don't even need a golf club for it.

Those two blues?

So I want you to-- no, we're not even worried, yet. We're just going to look in that direction.

All right.

Take the ball away. I want you to toss that stick in the air.

Like a javelin?

Anyhow you want. No, just close to you. I want you to learn where you see it.

I'm just going to throw that up there like that.

All right. Come in from the side so you don't look at it.

Now, I've got to set up to that?

Set up to that. And then, you look down your target, there. And you tell me where you think you're aimed.

I'm aimed at that sprinkler on the left, just right of that machine.

Perfect. Come back and have a look. So what we're learning here is how we see things. And that's more important than trying to be straight. You got to learn what straight looks like--

To you?

--to you.

That was interesting.

So when someone comes up-- and you play in those pro-ams, or you play with amateurs or something-- and someone hits a bad shot. And you stand there and go, oh, Jack. You were aimed off to the right, there. Well, Jack might actually need to be aimed off to the right. And that may be how he sees straight.

So that's not necessarily a bad thing. But this is a really good tool, because I don't care where you see it. Do it one more time. I'll toss it up. And you go in.

I don't care where you see things, as long as you see them the same over and over again.

I reckon it's that left blue flag.

Perfect. So you're seeing that same thing every time. You're seeing straight. Now, if I did this, I know where it is, obviously. But if I set up to there, I actually feel that I'm aimed in between those two blue flags. That's straight to me. And when we did the blue flags thing, you're seeing the left flag. I'm seeing between the two flags.

And I bet if we hit them, I'll go in between them. And you'll go at it.

So when you go out on the course, what would be your adjustment?

Well, I never got too far off with my aim. I tend to over-aim right, sometimes, because I look back. So if I was getting to feel I'm on top of the ball, a little bit squeezy, to me, I felt that I knew that was an indication I was too far right. And I was trying to--

Bring it back.

So I would just feel that I'm aiming further left. And the thing you got to do with that is, obviously, adjusting your alignment a little bit-- how you're seeing things. But that's why you would practice this. And just see right. I'm aiming there. Where's the ball going?

Is it going where I feel I'm aimed or not? It's going over there. I've got to aim a bit further left. I've got to start to learn to see further left.

I see.