Alignment for Left-Handed Golfers

By Steve Silverman

Golf starts off as a simple game, but we tend to make it complicated. It doesn't have to be if you pick out a club, tee up your ball, select a target and hit the ball. However, it's rarely that simple---especially for left-handed golfers who regularly get right-handed instructions when learning to play.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Stand to the right of the golf ball and look out at the fairway toward the green. Your right shoulder should be pointed directly at where you want to hit the ball.
Step 2
Look down at your right foot. It should be directly under your right shoulder if you want to be aligned correctly. Many golfers tend to open up their stance and point their toe to the right. This is usually a mistake. Make sure the side of your right foot is directly under your right shoulder.
Step 3
Bend your knees slightly. You don't want to bend so much that you are reaching for the ball, nor do you want your knees to be stiff.
Step 4
Keep your back straight. Many golfers tend to bend their backs, which will cause them to lunge at the ball. Keep your back straight up and down---but don't stiffen those back muscles.
Step 5
Look down at your right hand as you address the ball. You should notice a "V" between your right thumb and forefinger. This "V" will give you the power you need to send the ball 225 to 250 yards.

Tips & Warnings

Practice your alignment at the driving range. Make sure your right shoulder is pointed at the spot where you want your ball to go.

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.

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