Alignment is likely the most overlook and under appreciated fundamentals in golf. Often times while playing a round of golf, we feel directionally challenged. When shots consistently veer off target, we as golfers have a tendency to adjust our fundamentals, our swing and too often find yourself compensating one shot after another.
Are you looking to maintain what you worked on all season over the long winter months? If so, we have some drills that are guaranteed to help your game this off season. The good news is that these drills do not require you to hit balls or leave the comfort of your own home. Good drills and exercise should be practiced using your golf posture to achieve proper golf mechanics. If practiced correctly, drills should feel different from your golf swing. What you might notice is a slight stretch in the lower back and or hip area and difficulty staying in posture. To make these drills effective and to develop better muscle memory, use a tall hallway mirror to get the instant feedback you need to see how far off you really are. Practice these drills 3-5 days a week for 5-15 minutes at a crack. If you are diligent and work on these drills all winter, you will see a difference this spring. From there, I would encourage all golfers to practice these drills on the range before and during a practice session. Ultimately its easier to fix a swing fault without hitting balls. So if your diligent and work on these drills, better golf is in your future.
I have written about alignment before and cannot stress how important it is. Often times in lessons, golfers ask why they are experiencing subtle or not so subtle misses. Yet, ball striking remains solid and their swing and setup remain unchanged. Generally the answer is setup and alignment.
The worst thing we can do is blame missed shots on our golf swing when your alignment is off. So before you go making drastic changes based upon the most current Golf Digest, read some of our previous articles on alignment sticks and watch our video (Setup and Alignment 101 For Lower Scores).