Let’s say you have 10 minutes to warm up before teeing off. How do you spend your time? Most players would sprint to the range to hit a few rushed drives. But I’ve found that the best way to quickly sharpen your focus for 18 holes is to head to the putting green for one of my favorite games: Drawback.
First take a look at the sketch of a typical golf hole rendered in normal colors in the image above on the left. Then look at the same hole depicted in “shotmaking difficulty” colors on the right which is how I see the holes I play. This system allows me to recognize at a glance the difficulty that a particular hole actually presents to me during a round.
Position the ball in the middle of your stance or even slightly back of center if the lie is extra nasty. Regardless of the ball’s position aim to swing the clubhead into the sand approximately one inch behind the ball.