Let’s have a look at alignment, probably the most important part of golf. Golf is a target game and unless we can aim correctly at the target, we’re not going to hit it too often. The most important line in golf is the target line, that’s the line that runs from the target all the way back through the ball. Your stance line is only secondary to that.
Target Line is More Important Than Stance
Many golfers spend hours and hours working on their stance line and they don’t understand that the target line is the one that really matters. Now the reason I say that, is because a lot of golfers swings work from in to out, so at the moment they hit the ball the club is traveling across their foot line. They spend all their time trying to line their feet up correctly, but as they swing the club’s actually traveling left and they pull the ball left or slice it. That type of golfer needs to line their body to the right and they need to find the point when the club is traveling towards the target.
Adjust Your Stance to Hit on the Target Line
So they to aim their body out to the right so they can match their swing, so at the moment of impact the club is traveling down the target line. We have other golfers who go the other way, their swing drops to the inside and swings in to out. That golfer, if they stand with their stance squared to the target, they’re going to be hitting the ball out to the right all day long or hooking the ball. So that person needs to bring themselves around, they need to find the point at the bottom of their swing where the club’s traveling towards the target.
The target line is paramount, it’s very important. Ideally you’re in the lucky situation where you’re swinging the club down the line of your body at the moment of impact. Of course you want to have parallel left alignment. That means that the line across your stance is parallel to the line to the target. So I’m going to hit a shot down the target line here, I square the face up and take my stance parallel to it, and then swing down the target line. My divot’s heading down the target line so that ball’s going to go pretty straight. Think about it, if you’ll swing and you’ve been playing the game for a long time it’s a little bit in to out and a little bit out to in, don’t frustrate yourself trying to square your stance up, find out where the club is traveling towards the target and set yourself up around that.