Golf Alignment Drill- How To Set Up Squarely
USE YOUR CLUBS AS GOLF ALIGNMENT AIDS EVERY TIME YOU PRACTICE.
Lay one club on the ground parallel to the target line. Lay another from toe to toe to indicate the direction of your stance. Now, lay another club perpendicular to the target line . extending from the ball back toward your feet. This will indicate the ball position. Examine your alignment and ball position. Remember when you flare your back foot your “toe line” will no longer look square. At that point just move the club behind you feet and check your “heel line”. (For an even better yet to lay clubs on the ground see the Swing Tracks Drill http://simplegolf.com/blog/simple-short-game/swing-tracks-drill-insures-youre-on-plane-everytime/ )
Hold a club across your shoulders and check alignment toward the target. Repeat for the hips and thighs. In a square stance the shoulders, hips and thighs should be aligned parallel to the target! THIS IS A GREAT THING TO DO EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE ON THE COURSE ALSO. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
1. To develop a way to spot check alignment problems. Make sure your shoulders are properly aligned. Your shoulders are the most important element because your swing path will follow the alignment of your shoulders through impact. Subtle compensations can creep into your swing if you are not properly aligned. Without help even the best golfers can have trouble recognizing this. You must constantly check your alignment to be consistent!!! Get in the habit of aligning your clubface squarely to the target then align your body.
2. To start your practice sessions properly aligned. Don’t assume you are lined up correctly. Remember practice makes permanent, so make sure you are starting off positioned correctly. Learn the square stance first. Later, as the need arises, you can experiment with other stances.
3. To double check your target line. If you don’t accurately know your target line, you cannot easily tell if you are making swing path errors. Before each shot approach the ball from behind and pick your target line. Then when taking your stance align yourself toward your target. Better players align themselves much more consistently than poor players. Hitting balls without aiming at a target is an invitation for swing problems. Tape, clubs on the ground, or and “practice partners” are all good ways to check alignment. This will help you learn to identify the different between a poor shot and an error in alignment.
Do.s and Don.ts
Don’t leave the club near your feet longer than needed to check proper ball position. Many good players leave one club on the ground parallel to the target line whenever they hit practice balls. This “drill” is a good way to begin every practice session.
Check Your Divots After Every Shot!
Check your Divots. Is it going down your intended target line? If so you’re on target, if not then your divot gives your useful information about hoe to correct your swing.
Example – if your divot is pointing left (for a right handed golfer) and your ball went left resulting in a pull – was it bad alignment at address? Or was it a case of opening hips and shoulders too soon before contact so stay square to the ball as you hit it. You don’t know unless you check your alignment at address.
Example – if divot is left and it is a hook – right hand is too active and ‘rolled’ over left hand through impact closing the club face so get the right hand out of the impact zone and not let it roll over – finish with hands down the target line.
Example – if divot is left and ball is a slice then – you have come out side in with swing (casting) so check your back elbow at address (close to body) and top of backswing position as you are coming over the top – probably right hand and arm again providing power so relax right side and swing the club with upper torso not hands especially right hand and arm.
Example – if divot is to the right- resulting in a push you have come too far from the inside and you probably started to far inside on the on take away – let your shoulders take the club away not your hands/ especially your right hand/ so work on seeing and feeling your left arm parallel to target line at top of backswing – not inside the line with hands back by your right shoulder/ keep hands and arms extended away from chest just like they are at address.
GOLF ALIGNMENT DRILL -PRACTICE MAKING STRAIGHT DIVOTS
On last thing. Get out on the grass (not your front lawn) and PRACTICE MAKING STRAIGHT DIVOTS. You’ll be amazed at how much this will help you. It will help insure a a properly aligned downswing and a straight shot.