one of the trees..sorta. I think the thing that separates most tour pros from the winners, and those that win less ( cause they all have great swings and games as you noted or they wouldn't be on tour ), is the mental game 1st, and in a close second, the short game and putting.
I think it is the same thing with us, though even more so cause we are worse ball strikers and most of us don't have near the mental game we could have, both in terms of strategy and process.
You can shoot 80 (tour) 90 ( us) and have a pretty good swing, just ask Tiger or John Daly. Or me
I was talking with Hawk ( moestheman here ) earlier today about this very thing....a while back I was even par going into the 9th hole in my league, I popped my drive up and tried to hit a three wood from a downhill side hill lie to carry a creek about 200 yards yards. It bounces it front and into the creek. Luckily ( I foolishly thought at the time ), the ball was lying on a tuft of creek grass as the water rolled by below. This was a stroke hole, and my opponent was 90 yards away laying two. I was ahead by 4 points so the only way I could gain any more points was to blast out, wedge on, and hopefully make my putt. He simply had to wedge on and two putt, and even if he got down in three for a six, and I managed to par, we would still just split the hole and the points.
So I decided to give my best John Van de Velde...I got my sandwedge on the ball but executed it "too good". It flew straight up in the air right back down into the creek! In on three, out on four hitting five. I had to drop in deep cabbage and barely chopped it out of that mess, flew my 7 iron over the green, hit a bad chip on and two putted for a smooth 9, to finish strong with a 9 for a 40...SAWWWEEEET.
Optically speaking though, I think many regular players have no real set procedure or method for aiming and setting themselves in proper alignment for each shot. The just sorta line up to the ball and hit it...without really knowing but in a vague way that they are aligned properly. Coincidentally, I just made a video about this and once it finishes uploading I will give the link.
Never quit til you have a swing you'll never forget!