How to Aim

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How to Aim

How to Aim

How to Aim is a short golf blog post that looks at the correct way to aim once on the course.

On the golf course, you will see lots of players with the top equipment. Each of them hoping for a technological miracle while most of them have one simple thing in common.
The rarest thing to see on a golf course is an amateur golfer that aims correctly.
For example, it is often the case that the most common mistake (For righthanded players) is that their feet aim too far right of the target.

How should I align my body?

Your body should be aligned parallel to the target and NOT at the target like most players believe.
Let me explain this a little more in detail.
Firstly, there is a so-called ball-to-target line (The direct line between the ball and the target). That is the first line.
You should stand parallel to that line with your feet. This is the second line.
Imagine a railway track (Main Image). Up close there are two separate lines, but in the distance, they seem to become one and point to the same target.

Not only this, but at the address position you should also try and keep your feet, knees, hips, and shoulders parallel to the ball-to-target line too.

An older image but still good.

There are a lot of golfers that use alignment sticks when practising. This is a great way to help solve many problems.
An alignment stick gives you something optical to work with. You can easily stand parallel to it with your feet which will also help to keep your knees parallel too.

It is also vital to aim correctly with your clubface. In the address position, the leading edge of the clubface should be 90° to the ball-to-target line.
A common fault here is that the clubface is open or closed to the ball-to-target line.

How to Aim

A square clubface!

Once you aim your clubface correctly and your body alignment is parallel, you will have a better chance of improving your game.
This does not mean that you will have amazing results, right away, but the chances of having amazing results are a lot higher.

Now go to the driving range and practice your aiming.


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