Today’s golf instruction will focus on aim golf. Even if you are not a beginner and want to play better golf you should still read this post.
Alignment is essential for the direction of our shots. There are three things we must properly align to hit the ball where we want to. What are these three things? Our club face, lower body and upper body! I have divided the body up into two because not all golfers have their upper and lower body’s aimed in the same direction even though it’s one thing. If either three things are not properly aligned together you will be compensating to hit the ball at your target which will cause you problems in the long term and I urge you to read this important post.
I will run through an all too common scenario that I am sure you have all encountered on the golf course.
Player A is a right handed golfer who has just hit their iron shot dead straight but right of the target. This was the first shot all round that Player A had hit to the right. Player B points out the reason was because Player A’s feet were aimed to the right of his target. In this case it is true. I am sure just about everyone has been in this scenario however, what both players fail to recognize is that Player A has been aimed to the right of their target on every shot this round. The reason the ball flew to the right was because they made a proper golf swing and had their clubface, lower and upper body’s all aligned correctly which was to the right.
The reason Player A had been hitting the ball straight all round was because they upper body and clubface was aligned straight at the target while their feet were aimed right of their target. When they would make a swing, their upper body and clubface would actually pull across their lower body to the left and actually towards their target. This would ensure they hit the ball at the target and not right of the target which is where their feet and lower body were aimed.
This is just one of the many compromises a golfer can make to try and hit the ball straight when their clubface, lower and upper body’s are not properly aligned together. Some of what I have talked about in this post deals with the golf swing and I will begin to talk about the golf swing in future posts. For now though I want everyone reading to focus on their fundamentals to ensure they have a solid foundation for their golf swing to perform on.