Symptom: You struggle with your golf alignment. Often you hit straight, solid shots, but they are not consistent and they don’t go the direction you intended.
Sadly, you conclude that the feel and method of proper golf alignment is not ingrained into you, making it hard to perform on the golf course. When you do hit a solid shot, sadly, the ball is off into the woods on the right or into the tall grass on the left.
Overview: At the range, lay a golf alignment stick, or club you are not using, on the ground (e.g. your putter), and aim it at your intended target. Line your toes up to the alignment stick, and keep the alignment stick between you and the ball.
This is proper golf alignment. Remember how proper alignment feels, and recall this feeling on the course. If it feels odd to you at first, guess what — your alignment was off!
Why it works: It is actually very difficult for you to tell if you have proper golf alignment. It is easy to “feel” like you are aligned, when in fact you are systematically aligned to the left or right of the target.
That is the power of the golf alignment stick. If you pay attention to the pros, you will see that they almost all use an alignment stick on the range. These are the best players in the world. Why would you assume you don’t need such assistance?
The Perils of Poor Golf Alignment
If you are (unknowingly) misaligned, your stance will cause a natural slice/pull or hook/push. But you will not be aware of your misalignment, because you have become comfortable with your (incorrect) setup on the driving range.
Or worse, you may compensate your swing to hit it straight despite your (mis)alignment, which won’t allow you to improve. Instead, you will just keep trying to groove your swing from an incorrect setup. And that will limit your upside potential.
All good players, of course, know this. Almost every pro will use a club on the ground to help their alignment on the range sometimes, and many will do it most of the time. Almost no Occasional Golfers do this.
Take a look next time you are at the range — how many people are using an alignment aid? I’ll bet it’s less than one in ten. And the one who is using the stick or club on the ground is the low handicapper! Remarkable.
Let’s have Justin Rose demonstrate for us. His alignment stick is pointing at his intended target. His toes are aligned with the stick. He is in perfect golf alignment. Have a look:
It is Simple to Always Have Proper Golf Alignment on the Range
The goal of the driving range session is to prepare you to play on the course. On the golf course, you can always aim at a spot right in front of you to help your aim, but you can’t use a club on the ground or a golf alignment stick to help you with your alignment.
That’s why it’s crucial that you do so on the range, like Justin Rose, so that you teach yourself the way proper golf alignment feels. Hopefully you can take that feeling out on the course, and eliminate those wayward shots that cost you strokes!
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