A lost ball will cost you stroke and distance, so pay attention to where it goes. As soon as you have a bead on the ball’s landing spot, pick out a landmark on that line. Then, when you get out into the fairway (or sadly, the rough), you can position yourself between the landmark and the tee box to help locate the ball.
Another helpful hint: if you have a gps system and know your club distances, you can use the unit to narrow your search to an appropriate distance. Far too many players begin their search twenty or more yards away from the most likely distance.
This is not to suggest, however, that you should look up before finishing your swing. That’s bad. Very bad.
This tip is an excerpt from The Five Inch Course: Thinking Your Way To Better Golf. The complete book is available in Kindle format at Amazon.com.