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    With longer clubs, I tend to aim right. With shorter clubs I tend to aim left. I find that I have to really focus on clubface and shoulder, hip, and feet alignment or my alignment is way off. Sometimes the club and body go in opposite directions, resulting in the most gorgeous snap hooks you will ever see.

    I'm trying to develop a quick preshot routine to help me get into good starting positions. Any suggestions on what to do at the range and then at the course to ensure my club face and body are aligned properly, would be greatly appreciated.
    What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
    - Arnold Palmer

  • #2
    Hey Vijay. For me it is all about getting out the alignment sticks. You can then see what you think is proper alignment vs what really is correct. The feedback is immediate. Then it is just a matter of practicing/refining your routine to get into your setup. You don't even have to hit a shot each time. If you have your phone handy you can take a quick video to see how it looks from down your toe line.

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    • #3
      Practice alignment, and as per Gridiron, use alignment sticks to see if you are really lined up where you think you are lined up. Even the pros practice this before the round starts.

      Here's a good summary of steps and tips to work on alignment.
      https://golfstateofmind.com/alignmen...ery-golf-shot/

      PS: you can get alignment sticks for much less if you go to Lowe's or Home Depot and buy some driveway marker sticks.

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      • #4
        Nick Starchuk helped me with this a few years back. Had me do 95% of my pre shot setup looking at the pin. I really only looked at the ball right before I swung. After a few hours of this, I hit 4-5 kick ins from all over the place the next time I played - one of my most accurate rounds ever. Go back to it every time I struggle with line.

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        • #5
          With my irons, I struggle with lining up too closed to the target.
          As such, the only way back to the pin is a draw swing, which often gets over-cooked.

          Over the winter I hit plenty of balls in a Sim. The problem with that is there are always lines to give stance guidance, such as carpet/turf seams. I'm sure I got really lazy taking my stance as no thought was involved. I've became a driving range hero who can't bring it to the course.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by multimut View Post
            Practice alignment, and as per Gridiron, use alignment sticks to see if you are really lined up where you think you are lined up. Even the pros practice this before the round starts.

            Here's a good summary of steps and tips to work on alignment.
            https://golfstateofmind.com/alignmen...ery-golf-shot/

            PS: you can get alignment sticks for much less if you go to Lowe's or Home Depot and buy some driveway marker sticks.
            I like the technique outlined in that article. I'm going to put that into practice this weekend.

            I always start from behind the ball and look at my target line but it's the details after that step that make the most sense. Trace a small element in front of the ball, line up with that, find a parallel line and line my feet up to that.

            Simple, genius.

            Here's to more GIRs this season!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by multimut View Post

              PS: you can get alignment sticks for much less if you go to Lowe's or Home Depot and buy some driveway marker sticks.
              Um, wat? or just use two clubs ????

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              • #8
                Alignment has been very frustrating for me this season. More so on the tee boxes especially when tee blocks are facing slightly off centre. I just find that I feel like I'm aligned correctly, but in fact I'm not. I've had some rounds where I'm either pushing it with an open club face or a nice pull draw. Grrr!!!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Giller31 View Post
                  Alignment has been very frustrating for me this season. More so on the tee boxes especially when tee blocks are facing slightly off centre. I just find that I feel like I'm aligned correctly, but in fact I'm not. I've had some rounds where I'm either pushing it with an open club face or a nice pull draw. Grrr!!!
                  I tend to pick spot slightly ahead of the ball,works most times.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mstram View Post

                    Um, wat? or just use two clubs ????
                    Really? Wow, thanks!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mstram View Post

                      Um, wat? or just use two clubs ????
                      Clubs are tapered whereas alignment sticks and driveway markers (seriously, they're like $3 each) are straight.

                      When they talk about alignment and say things like "even 1 degree out of alignment can cause your shot to be 15 yards off line" and you consider how much taper there is from hosel to the end of the grip that's a big difference.

                      Considering how much we spend on balls and other equipment I'd say $5-15 for alignment sticks is a pretty decent investment overall. They can also be stuck in the ground at varying angles to help with swing plane, takeaway, etc. or set up in front of you a-la football field goal posts so you can align your ball flight / target line right off the club face.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by nearace View Post
                        I tend to pick spot slightly ahead of the ball,works most times.
                        I do the same, but if I'm careless and not making sure my feet (and subsequently shoulders and hips) are aligned with my club, I will come way outside-in and push the ball right. It's one of those things where I realize I really need to focus.
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                        PING Sigma G Putter
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                        • #13
                          I need to practice some of the things posted here. Thanks. Yes, need to retrain the mind. When I am aligned it looks like my target is left of where I think it should be.

                          I found a temporary solution at least when I'm an on the tee block. I use the line on the ball. Made a huge difference today.



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                          What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
                          - Arnold Palmer

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by vijay View Post
                            I found a temporary solution at least when I'm an on the tee block. I use the line on the ball. Made a huge difference today.
                            Great idea. Might as well use the line when teeing the ball. I do this as well.

                            I admit, I'm a golf geek. I not only use a line on the ball on the tee to help with alignment, but the line I use is marked with the check go spinner.

                            Here's a lnk my prior post on it, with link to a review by people who were sceptical of the benefits at first, but now swear by using a line (not just any line, but a spin balanced line).

                            https://www.torontogolfnuts.com/foru...et-spot-finder

                            and direct link to the review... http://clubmaker-online.com/golfclubreview.pdf

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                            • #15
                              I took a different approach last year and focused mainly on trying to align my club face and most importantly, the bottom of my swing plane, ignoring the conventional alignment method we all know. Mentally, it's rather different and challenging but it's working as I'm hitting the ball much straighter now. My club path is now consistently square at impact so my ball flight is much straighter now and I can fade or draw the ball at will by a simple change of the club face alignment.

                              Just have to find your natural swing plane. For the majority of us, it'll be slightly outside in. Only the pros and a very small % of us mortals have a natural inside out swing apparently as I recall reading a while ago. You can find your natural club path by looking at the bottom of the club for wear, using tape if you have to. For this reason, alignment sticks lining our feet toward the target will result in most of us slicing the ball.

                              The conventional part I use to align myself is to pick a spot in front of the ball and line my feet together perpendicular to that line. Align the club face accordingly. For the driver, I keep my left foot in place and move my right foot back a shoulder width and slightly behind. For my irons, I move my left foot forward by 3 inches (foot width), then move my right foot back more or less depending on the club length, and half a step behind also. How much I move might right foot behind varies depending on the day it seems. I also use a line on the ball for alignment on the tee box.

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