Aiming at small, very precise targets is something Tour pros do very well, not just from tee to green but also when they putt.
You could say they live by the adage: “aim small, miss small.” If you adopt this concept, and apply it to every shot, you will improve significantly over time.
Aiming small doesn’t mean aiming at a tree, it means aiming a specific part of the tree. If you’re going to hit your drive in the direction of a fairway bunker, don’t just aim at the bunker, aim at a part of the bunker.
Narrowing your focus on a small part of a larger target heightens your awareness of not only your target, but it reinforces your strategy so you can swing with freedom and not second guess your approach, just as Minjee Lee is doing here. She has selected her small target (main pic), which has allowed her to just pull the trigger on the shot (right) without any doubts.
As you make smaller distant targets a part of your pre-shot routine, be sure to incorporate a smaller target that lies within your peripheral vision as you address the ball. Most golfers know to aim to a smaller spot on your target line in front of the ball.
But don’t make the mistake of picking this aim spot too far in front of the ball because this can make you look up at address and change, ever so slightly, your body position relative to your target line.
Find a divot, a few blades of discoloured grass, a leaf … anything, that is about 50 centimetres in front of your ball, and you’ll find it easier to keep yourself in line with the smaller target you picked. On the green, shorten that target spot to about 20 centimetres on putts inside 15 feet.