How to Aim the Club Face to Improve Your Golf Swing

By Steve Silverman

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Improving your swing is an important goal to have. Golfers may like to impress their playing partners with a long drive on a par-5 hole, but it is consistency that will pay off over the long run. Being able to line up correctly and put the club in the correct position will help you achieve that consistent swing.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Line up with your shoulder square to the target. The first step in aligning yourself correctly is to make sure your left shoulder (for a right-handed golfer) is facing the target. Your left foot needs to be directly underneath your left shoulder.
  2. Place the ball midway between your feet. Many golfers think they will be able to get the ball up in the air by playing the ball closer to their front foot, but that may result in the loss of accuracy. While playing the ball closer to the front foot is fine with a driver, it should be avoided with your other clubs.
  3. Square the club face to the ball. If the club face is angled to the right, the chances are that you will send your shot to the right. If you angle your club face to the left, the ball will likely go to the left. Make sure the middle of your club face is directly behind the center of the ball.
  4. Check the position of your club face by taking it back halfway on your practice swing. Stop when you have brought the club back to thigh level. Look at the club face. If it is angled to the right, your shot will go off to the right. If it is angled to the left, your shot will veer off to the left. Make sure you bring your club straight back to keep the club face from going off its appointed course.
  5. Grip the club at about a "5" on a tightness scale of 1 to 10. This is the equivalent of a firm handshake of someone you have met for the first time. Any looser than that and your club will wobble in your hand at contact and your ball will slice to the right. If it's tighter than that, you will most likely hook the ball to the left.

Tips & Warnings

  • Concentrate on club head positioning and alignment when you go to the practice range.

About the Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.