Sand Trap Shot:
Alignment Lesson

This is the Basic Sand Trap Shot Alignment Lesson. This lesson is designed to help you aim at your target properly. Alignment is critical to hitting good golf shots, but is it also important in the development of your game.

If you know you are aligned properly, but don't hit your shot on target then you know it was your swing and you can work on it. However, if you don't take the time to align properly, and you miss your target with your shot...then you won't know if it was your swing or alignment that was the problem.

You may have made a perfect swing, but because you missed your target you might try and fix something that was not broken.

Please take your time when you are lining up your shots. You can really screw up your game, if you start tinkering with your swing for the wrong reasons.

Step One: Align Club First

  • Step up to your ball and hover your club over your ball, so that your club is aiming at your target.
  • is a 2 stroke penalty if your club touches the sand before impact of your actual shot.
  • Your target is not always the hole or the flag. Sometimes you can use a landmark behind the green, or sometimes it is a mark that is on the green itself.
  • Just make sure that no matter what your target is that you aim your club at it first. Place your feet and body in position second.

Step Two: Stay Square

  • Keep your feet and hips square to your target line. This means that they are parallel to your target line.
  • See in the picture how the target line starts at your ball and goes to your target. You want to keep the line of your feet and hips parallel to that line.
  • This will help keep your club o the right path and give you a better opportunity to hit your ball to the target.

Step Three: Shoulders Square

  • After finishing your setup, make sure that you keep your shoulders square(parallel) as well.
  • This is very important for your backswing. If your shoulders are square then it is much easier to take your club straight back and on the proper path. Your club will always follow your shoulders, so make sure they are square at address.

Step Four: Practice Lines

  • When you are practicing your sand trap shots, draw lines in the sand so that you can be sure you are working with the proper alignment.
  • Draw a line towards your target.
  • Then draw a line for your feet so that they are parallel to your target line.
  • Place your ball on the target line.
  • Follow the Sand Setup Lesson and Sand Trap Alignment Lesson so that your club and body are in the right positions.
  • Click Here For A Review Of The Basic Sand Shot Setup Lesson
  • Hit your shot.
  • Try to repeat this process for every shot to maximize the time you spend practicing.

Thank you for taking the Basic Sand Trap Shot Alignment Lesson. The next lesson in the Basic Sand Play Series is Basic Sand Play Swing. It is critical that you build solid fundamentals before you start working on your swing. I know it is not as fun...but it will make you games and scorecards much more fun.

Click Here To Go To Basic Sand Shot Swing Lesson

Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you reach your golf goals sooner with the help of

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