November 11, 2006

Alignment Golf

In previous articles I have discussed the importance of “Alignments.”

Let me clarify this a little further by saying that body aligments to the target are only a very small piece of the equasion. Before every shot is played we must check and verify Impact Alignments which are,

1. Clubface to target line

2. Grip to Clubface

3. Hands to the ball

4. Plane Angle

5. Pressure Points

6. Right Forearm Position

The clubface to the target line is absolutely critical and changes depending on what motion you are making with the clubface. For instance, if you are moving the clubface like a door opening and closing then the clubface alignment at mpact would be slightly open to allow for the natural closing. If the clubface was square at Impact using this procedure then the ball will ALWAYS start left - a clubface pull.

Your grip in relation to the clubface dictates how the clubface will operate - wherever your target side hand goes the clubface follows.

At Impact the hands should always be - for a normal shot - in FRONT of the clubface and NEVER behind it.

The Plane Angle is the angle you have chosen to come into the ball at.  This could vary depending upon your choice. It could be like Ben Hogan or Colin Montgomery - your choice.

Pressure points are simply what part(s) of your hands and arms are creating the pressure on the club. You always want these BEHIND the shaft so that Impact has support.

The Right Forearm in all great golf strokes ALWAYS points at the base of the plane - target line - AND is inline with the clubshaft, again, giving support through Impact.

Balance, grip and Plane Line must be verified before every shot!

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