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What To Look At When Aligning A Shot In Golf

By admin Jun4,2024

Alignment, Alignment, Alignment. How often have I failed to properly position myself to execute the golf shot I want to hit. It is a simple, yet challenging concept that takes some time to conquer. Personally, I follow a pre-shot routine that eliminates much of the guess work. Knowing what I have to do and actually doing it can cause the best players angst from time to time. If you are wondering about how to align your next golf shot, then you have come to the right place. Understanding the process of aligning / aiming your golf shot will help eliminate costly errors that result in a high number on your score card.

Aligning a golf shot is simple and procedural. I say this because many mistakes can be eliminated by following a developed process. To develop your process, it is important to understand the fundamentals of shot alignment and how they apply to your game. First:

The idea of finding a spot about a foot or two in front of our ball and align our clubface to this spot is one I always use. I find it simple and easy to replicate. After I align my clubface and set my body, I stare at a tiny spot that is my target about 100 yards from my position. Of course that distance is closer if I have less than 100 yards to the green. I worked on this process for a long time and feel that my alignment, for the most part, is solid. Now swinging the club to hit my target 100% of the time is sometimes a challenge.

Golf.com came up with ten things to think about when developing your alignement process. It is valuable knowledge and if you want to read the whole article, you can go to their site: 10 ways to improve your aim and alignment over every shot.

To help, here are the ten topics the above article recommends you understand (in no particular order):

  • Aim the face, align the body
  • Build your setup around the clubface
  • Practice with a training device
  • Know your visual tendencies
  • Look at the target while you aim
  • Much easier to aim when you have consistent ball curvature
  • Stand behind your ball
  • Practice swing then aim
  • Use the line on your ball
  • One last look

The list above is a great guide to learning how to properly aim your golf shot. They do take a bit of time on the range to master, but not as long as you think. As you learn on area a domino effect happens and the rest just fall in line. Once you have mastered the fundamentals, it will be easier to refine you process to zero in on what works best for your game.

Aligning your golf shot is a basic skill all golfers should understand. Taking that knowledge and turning it into a simple, repeatable process will do wonders for your golf game. As you refine this fundamental process, lower golf scores will be in your future.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

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