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TIP #5: Proper Alignment

by Dr. Golf

Alignment is the positioning or aiming of your clubface and body in the same direction (feet, knees, hips, and shoulders). If your clubface is aimed in one direction and your body in another, the ball will not go straight.

Stand behind your ball facing the target. Pick an item (leaf, pebble, cigarette butt) about six inches in front of your ball directly in line with your target. This is your "target line". Set-up to the ball with the leading edge of your clubface perpendicular to the target line. Your toes, knees, hips and shoulders should be parallel to the target line; aimed slightly left of the target.

If your shoulders and clubface both face the target, you will be apt to hook. If your shoulders are too far left of the target and not parallel to the clubface, you will slice. Practice your setup in a mirror, or place two clubs down in front of you on the practice tee. One at your toe line and the other on the outside of your ball parallel to the other club.

Again, practice the set-up. Get the help of a friend,or USE YOUR MIRROR! A mirror is your best teacher.

Questions? You are welcome to contact me at Remember, practice, practice, practice and after allit's a game. Have fun!!

Yours in Golf,
Dr. Golf

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