Golf Alignment Lesson 

This is the Golf Alignment Lesson. This lesson is designed to help you aim at your target properly. It's great if you can hit the ball solidly and straight, but if you don't aim well and miss your target by 30 yards...you are really not taking advantage of how well you can hit the golf ball.   

Do you now how the pros shoot such low scores? It's because they have great fundamentals.  World class fundamentals...and so can you! Alignment is an absolute key fundamental.  It is very difficult to hit shots on target if we are not aimed where we think we are aimed.

How do you practice alignment?  First step, is never, ever, ever hit a shot without aiming at a specific target.  Always take the time to aim...if you miss, how will you know if your swing was off or just your alignment?

If you have poor aim, you will forced to compensate for it with your swing.  It will be subconscious and if you constantly have poor aim then you will constantly make swing compensations. 

Your brain knows you are trying to hit it towards a specific target. If you are not aiming at that target then your brain will try to manipulate your body to make your golf ball go to your target. That makes your swing very inconsistent. When your swing is inconsistent, it becomes very hard to score.

A Golf Alignment Lesson In 4 Easy Steps

In this lesson you will see pictures with strings. Those strings are being used to illustrate how to aim properly. It is also a great way to practice because you will know you are aiming at your target. You can replace the strings with golf clubs. The important thing is to have an aid to help you work on your game.

If you know you are properly aligned at your target, yet hit your shot offline, then you know there is something in your swing or timing that needs to be fixed. You won't be guessing as to what is wrong...setup or swing.  Many players assume a miss if caused by their swing, when it simply could have been alignment.

Please follow the steps in my golf alignment lesson to develop a great routine that will help you get aligned to your target every time.  Proper alignment will help lower your scores and make your practice sessions way more productive.

Step #1 : Club Down First With Feet Together

  • You should ALWAYS place your club down behind your ball first, before you position your body. This is an extremely good habit to focus on proper alignment for every shot.
  • Start by placing your club behind your ball while keeping your feet together. By having your feet together you will be focused on placing your club in the proper position first.

Step #2 : Aiming At Your Target

  • No matter what club your are using, please make sure you are aiming your club at your target. The line represented by the string in the picture is called your Target Line. This line should go through the back of your club, through your ball, and to your target in the distance.
  • Your club is what strikes your ball. Therefore you want to have your club aimed at your target.
  • The more specific your target the better. This helps narrow our focus to hit a more precise shot.
  • Many players aim their body at their target.  This is the most common action to create poor alignment. It will cause their club to be aimed well off target.

Step #3 : Body Parallel To Target Line

  • To hit a straight shot, your body should always setup in relation to your target line. This means your feet, knees, hips and shoulders should follow parallel to your target line.
  • The string along my toes highlights the Body Line.  This line is to keep your knees, hips and shoulders all in line. 
  • The string could be raised to go across my knees, hips, arms or shoulders and the string would still be parallel to my target line.
  • Many instructors have used the image of railway tracks. As you can see by the strings on the ground...it is a pretty strong image to use. Your club goes on one rail aimed at the target, and your body follows the other parallel rail.

Step #4 : A Great Aiming Test

  • Setup to your golf ball so that your body is parallel to your target line.
  • Stand up straight and extend your left arm in line with your shoulders. You arm should be pointing a yard left of your target. (right handed player)
  • Pointing at or right of your target means your shoulders are in a closed position.  This can lead to pushed shots to the right, or hooks. 
  • Pointing left of your target means open shoulders which can lead to pulled shots to the left or slices.
  • Your club will typically follow your shoulder line during your swing, which makes shoulder alignment very important.

Please remember....NEVER HIT A SHOT WITHOUT AIMING!!!

Thank you for taking the Full Swing Golf Alignment Lesson for Short Irons. This is a very important lesson for improving and then maintaining your scores. The Golf Alignment Lesson series are not the most exciting lessons, especially compared to working on movements of the golf swing, but they are lessons that should be reviewed at least once a month during your golf season. We can all slip out of position if we are not paying attention...and if we do we will not hit the ball as close to the hole as we should.

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Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you 'Play Your Golf Dreams' sooner with the help of free-golf-lessons.com.

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