How to aim and align correctly in golf

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If you don’t learn how to aim and align correctly in golf, you will have very little chance of ever developing the kind of golf game that we all want to have.  Aiming and alignment are two of the most overlooked fundamentals there are, and the majority of golfers make the mistake of a stance that is too open.  This causes them to swing along a path that is outside-in, which results in either a slice or a pull, depending on the angle of the clubface at impact.

The other main mistake is to aim the shoulders too far right, which results in hitting a lot of hooks.

How To Aim And Align Correctly In Golf

Here are some tips to help you line up to the ball better..

1. Clubhead first.  Start by aiming the face of the club, and follow that by lining up your body.  If you do it the other way around, you stand very little chance of getting it right.  Just watch the pros and you’ll see what I mean.

2. Pick a spot that’s close.  Although you might be hitting a shot that’s 250 or 180 yards, it’s easier to line up properly if you pick a spot that is closer to you.  So instead of choosing a spot way out in the fairway, choose one that’s on a straight line from your ball to the target, but only 5 or 6 feet in front of you.

3. Think parallel.  If you know how to aim and align correctly in golf, you will know that aiming your shoulders at the target is not the right thing to do.  Instead you want to line up your shoulders so that they are parallel with the line from your ball to your intended target.  If you aim your shoulders at the target, you will wind up with a closed stance.

4. Short focus.  Keep your eyes on that spot 5 feet in front of you while you line up to the ball.  It’s easy to get distracted and look way out in the fairway to where your perfect 300 yard drive is going to land.  But keeping your eye on that shorter target is going to make it a lot easier to ensure that your alignment is correct.

5. Be square.  At address, you want to keep your shoulders square to your intended target line.  Your shoulders should be as square at impact as they are when you address the ball.  Not keeping the shoulders square is the cause of slicing in the majority of cases.

The one thing that helped me the most was picking a spot that’s close (#2 above). There’s always something in a straight line from the ball to the target, and only 5 to 10 feet away. I typically find a longer piece of grass, or one that’s bent or discolored, etc. Then it’s easy to draw that imaginary line, and line yourself up parallel to it. That improved my ball striking accuracy drastically.

It might not seem so important, but making sure you know how to aim and align correctly in golf will set you up with the best chance to hit solid and accurate shots, and make the most of your ball striking.

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