Fix Your Golf Swing with Proper Alignment

By Mike McGetrick

How Aim and Alignment Affect Your Golf Swing

I can not stress to you how important aim and alignment is in the golf swing. When I am at a Tour event, either PGA or LPGA event, when I watch these Tour Players, their aim and alignment is perfect. When I play golf with the average golfer they are all over the place. A lot of times too far right or too far left. If you misaim what happens is that you have to create compensations in your golf swing in order to get the golf ball to go to the target.

Create a Target Line to Align Your Swing

What I would like you to do every time you practice is lay a golf club down on the ground as an alignment tool. This club will be aimed parallel left to your target. Then when you practice golf and you set up to it, I have a 7-iron in my hand, and when I set up to it now I can see that my body is parallel left to my target right here. That means that when I set up to it my feet, knees, hips, shoulders, forearms and eyes are all parallel left to the target. Now I can swing down my target line and develop a good golf swing. So every time you practice lay a club down on the ground and hit golf shots. By doing this you are going to learn what correct alignment looks like and you are also going to learn what correct alignment feels like when you practice. Then when you go to the golf course it is going to be the same every time.

Stay Consistent in Your Golf Setup

Then when you go to the golf course, set up and when you stand behind the golf ball pick out an intermediate target, something in front of you slightly, and when you walk up to it the first aim is the clubface parallel to your target because you are standing to the side of your golf ball your body is parallel left of your target line right here. So it is clubface first, body second. If you can get in the habit of doing the same thing every time you are going to take that successful aim and alignment to the golf course.


Category: Alignment
Sub Categories: Address/Set-Up, Practice

About the Instructor

Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
4900 Himalaya Road, Building Q
Denver, CO 80249
Tel: 303-799-0870