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Golf Simplified – Fix your alignment

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If you were to ask a professional golfer what one thing they worked on most consistently day in and day out, my guess is that they would say alignment. You may have noticed that most of them have the funny colored fiberglass sticks poking out of their bags on the way to the range. These are used for many things but most have something to do with alignment.

What exactly is alignment and how do I know if mine is incorrect? In searching for a perfect swing, in an ideal world your feet, hips and shoulders would all be aligned parallel to your target. There are reasons why you want to be a little open or closed at address but in general you should always practice with the goal of perfect alignment.

Here is a drill that you should learn and incorporate into every practice session. After you are warmed up, find the practice flag that is most directly in front of you. Hit a shot then lay your club up against your toes. Stand behind the club and see where you were aiming. The vast majority of right handed players are aimed too far right. This promotes the famous “over the top” swing that results in pulls and slices.

Now work backwards. Lay a club down where you take your stance and another one closer to where you will be hitting the ball. Stand behind and line them both up parallel to the target line. Now start hitting balls with your feet aligned properly and see what happens. It will look and feel very strange in the beginning because you have been aiming in the wrong direction.

Why should you try to fix your alignment? No matter what your handicap is, you will get better if you start off with the correct foundation. You want to put at least a club at your feet every time you practice. This will help with the very difficult task of bringing it to the course. Of all of the sections of this report I think this is the easiest to do at the range and the hardest to bring on the course. Your best bet is to have someone stand behind you as you get ready to hit and tell you where you are aiming. Just so you know, it is against the rules of golf to lay a club down before you hit your shot.

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