Alignment - The Fundamental of Fundamentals - Part 1 of 2
PART 1 of 2
Yes, all of the fundamentals are important. Otherwise, they would not be called fundamentals (they would be called preferences). But alignment is THE fundamental. Alignment is so important, complex, and difficult I am going to make this a 2 part blog.
Alignment all starts with a target. We aim the clubface at the target and then set our feet and body parallel to that line. To aim the clubface, pay attention to either the leading edge or the grooves on the face. Make those perpendicular to the target line. Again, only the clubface points to the target. That is why we AIM the clubface and then ALIGN the body parallel to the target line (this includes the feet, knees, hips, waist, and shoulders).
I am demonstrating correct alignment in the picture below:
Now, let’s say the golfer points his feet at the target. If his clubface remains parallel to that line, it will now point way to the right of the target. In the picture below, I am about 130 yards from the green. By aiming my feet at the target, I have moved the target line (dictated by the clubface) 15 yards right of the flag and all of the way off the green.
It is easy to see why alignment is so hard to master and I would argue that no one ever masters it. Each player has his or her own tendency – either aligning too far right (most common for right handed players) or too far left.
Check back next week for the 2nd part of my blog on alignment. It will show you how to properly set up those alignment sticks for your next session so that you can get a better feel for correct alignment. In the mean time, get out there and practice! Remember – target first, aim second, and then alignment.