What comes to mind when you are lining up to your shot? Do you first get your body all set and aligned at the target and then aim the clubface, or do you aim the clubface first and then align your body accordingly?
The correct answer and the one that will give you the greatest success is aligning the clubface first and then allowing your body to follow. However, there can be a disconnect when trying to align to your target.
This is one of those quick tips that we need to constantly review since it is one of the most important aspects of hitting a solid shot. If you are not aimed and aligned correctly, how can you think the ball will go where you want it to go?
Let’s take a look at a quick way to be sure you are on track as we are getting closer and closer to the golf season. A nice review is never a bad thing.
The Solid Setup
A good and solid set up that is aligned to your intended target requires you to aim the clubface at the target first before positioning your body. Now here is the key: your clubface should be aim precisely at your intended target and your body (which consists of your heels, knees, hips and shoulders) should be aligned parallel left of the intended target.
Many times we can find ourselves aiming our body ‘At the Target’ and the clubface at the target. If you do this you will have difficulty getting a solid swing as your body will be fighting against itself. The idea for your body to swing on a solid plane is when it is parallel left of the target and your clubface is directly aimed at the target. This of railroad tracks. They never intersect and if they did, the train would fall off the tracks. Same can occur with our swing.
Try these steps for more set up and aiming proficiency
Aim your clubface first down the intended target line
Step in to address the ball with your feet, knees, hips, shoulders and eyes aligned parallel to the left of the line of clubface
Keep your focus on the target and trust that you are aligned in the most proficient way possible and give it a go.
A way to assist you in correct aim and alignment
If you have a couple of old shafts around, use one to align your clubface (place is slightly in front of your ball exactly down the line of your intended target) and then other to align your body parallel left (after you place the shaft precisely down the intended target line from the clubface, have the second one exactly parallel to the left and a few inches in front of your feet) — this is for a right-handed golfer; please reverse for a left-handed player.
I happen to use my 4 and 5 irons to do this and simply ignore the heads on each club and focus on the shafts. You can also use alignment rods or thin pieces of wood that run about 2-3 feet long. Anything you have that is perfectly straight and mobile can work just fine.
I am unlike many golfers all over the world. I can find myself aligned quite screwy and when I finally get a couple of clubs down on the ground as mentioned above, I can see that my body a lot of the times is aimed right of the target or just at the target while I fight to get the clubface at my intended target.
Good aim and alignment can certainly assist you in lowering your scores as your body will be more apt to work together with your arms and clubs vs. against them as thought they were in a cage fight.
See what you think and let Bunkers Paradise know how it goes when you focus on a more ‘Railroad/Parallel’ aim and alignment.
‘keep smiling and always believe’