How to Improve Your Aim

By Bill Herrfeldt

There are two reasons why your golf ball does not go where you aimed it. Either there is a flaw in your swing or you are not lined up properly. In the case of a swing flaw, let's say you're right-handed and your ball always goes to the right. That's the result of not swinging the club properly, and it must be corrected for you to begin hitting the ball straight. If you simply are victimized by poor alignment, there are ways to ensure that you are aiming straight at your target. Here are some basic ideas about how to get the golf ball to go where you intended.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Correct your swing if you hit the ball to the right if your are right-handed. If you have a slice that you cannot control, and that impacts your accuracy, try these easy fixes because there are two big reasons why you may slice the ball. One is that you take the club back farther outside than your downswing, which causes you to open your face and cut across the ball. Simply take the club back more on the inside to control your slice. Two, you may be moving your head ahead of the ball at the point of impact. Stay behind the ball throughout your entire swing, and you are likely to begin hitting the ball straight.
Step 2
Make corrections to your swing if you usually hook the golf ball. The most common problem among chronic hookers is that they don't move their bodies fast enough to the side that's closest to the target. By hitting the ball from the side away from the target, they will close the faces of their clubheads and their downswings will be flatter than they should be. A quick fix involves shifting your weight to your lead foot BEFORE you begin your downswing. In most cases, that will result in fewer uncontrolled hooks and greater accuracy.
Step 3
Check your alignment if you want to improve your accuracy and make changes in your pre-shot routine. Before every shot, stand about 10 feet behind the ball and envision the type of shot you intend to hit. Once you have done that, look about 3 to 4 feet in front of the golf ball and pick out a spot over which you intend for your ball to fly.
Step 4
Address the golf ball, and continue looking at the mark you have selected. Make sure that your clubface is aiming at the mark and that your hips, shoulders and feet are all in line with the target. A good test to determine if you are lined up properly is to place a golf club in front of each toe of your shoes, then step behind the ball to see where you are targeting. You may need to do this drill often until you naturally line up correctly at the shot.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.


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