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The most important part of your pre-shot routine – Alignment!

The most important part of your pre-shot routine – Alignment!
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Pre-Shot Routine is something I teach constantly.  Both on the range and on the course.  You want to “practice the way you play” and “play the way you practice.”  This means that your pre-shot routine should be exactly the same on the range (yes, with each shot that you hit) as it is on the course.  Here, David MacKenzie of Golf State of Mind goes through 5 important points to help you with the alignment part of your pre-shot routine!
The most important part of your pre-shot routine - Alignment!

Alignment: The Most Important Part of Your Set-up

It’s hard to say that any of the fundamentals are more important than another, as all should be continually perfected, but if there’s one that causes more off-line golf shots, then alignment clearly stands out. Once you’ve learned the correct, grip, posture, ball position and stance, it’s not that hard to maintain them and during most shots they will fall into place. But alignment is one that has a tendency to waiver.

The importance of alignment in golf

Without proper alignment, your body receives mixed signals from your brain, with regards to your body position and your intended target. If your eyes are looking towards the target but your body and clubface are actually aligned to the right or left of it, you’ll need to make adjustments in your swing, which affects its plane and path. This could result in any number of problems. E.g. If your body is aimed to the left of your intended target line, then without intentionally doing so you’ll swing across the proper swing path (out to in) resulting in a pull or slice.

One degree can mean a miss of 15 yards

To put alignment in perspective, if the clubface is even a degree open or closed to the intended ball to target line at impact, it can cause a miss of 10-15 yards or more (which equates to several shots lost per round).

Alignment requires practice just like everything else

It’s important to realize that good alignment takes practice, in the same way you practice your swing. If you get to go to a Professional tournament, you’ll see most of the players working with alignment sticks on the range to make sure it’s spot on. But at any time on the local range, you’ll only see a few doing the same.

So what the best way to make sure your alignment with your intended target?

It’s important to mention here that your body (shoulders, hips, knees and feet) need to be aligned parallel left of the ball to target line, like a train track, with the right rail being the ball to target line and the left rail being the alignment of your body (for the right handed player, like Luke Donald above).

To read the 5 important parts of getting your alignment correct every time, go here!

Source: David MacKenzie   Golf State of Mind

Pictures: brent flanders   Golf State of Mind

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