Poor alignment is a sure way to miss fairways and greens.
Shelley Duncan helps with correct alignment to find the centre of the fairway.
Even though golfers generally
realise the importance of lining themselves up correctly I still see many people with alignment issues. Ensuring you have proper alignment on the course is common sense but many club golfers forget to check it. Follow these tips to help align correctly.
The clubface should be aimed at the target which is the stick on the right and the stick on the left is your feet, hips and shoulders which should be aimed to the left of the target but parallel to the target. When you align yourself to the target always aim the clubface first and then your feet, hips, and shoulders.
The common fault that I see especially when giving a playing lesson is the player will aim their body first at the target then put the clubhead in behind the ball also aimed at the target.
If you look at the photo on the next page your body now is aimed to the right of the target and the player will have to swing the club to the left on the downswing to try and find the middle of the fairway. In doing this you may find that you develop a slice or a pull to the left. This is because the clubhead is swinging from the outside of the ball and across it.
If you don't pull the club back to the left on the downswing the ball will fly in the direction that you are aimed, you will miss the fairway to the right.
If you aim correctly you don't need to manipulate your swing. Enjoy!