Lining up 104


“There are two things you can learn by stopping your backswing at the top and checking the position of your hands; how many hands you have and which one is wearing the glove.”Thomas Mulligan

By Ian Hardie

In the post Lining up 103 I gave you some ideas that you could use

To work out just how well (or not) you line up your golf shots

By spending a little time at either a practice area or a driving range

With an alignment aid like this one, an extra golf club or a stick down on the ground

To help give you some reference points you could use

To figure out and then ‘groove’ your aim before you hit each golf shot

You may recall that those ideas came from one of the chapters of the book

How to drive the golf ball as far as you possibly can

Which you can get in various formats by clicking here if you don’t have it yet

I’m going to give you a few more ideas from the chapter on lining up  

To help you check that all of your body is in correct alignment

As opposed to just your feet which is the only thing most golfers think of

When the question of lining up comes up;

“…………………..once you have your toes set up parallel to your target line you can then do a quick self-test on your knees, hips and shoulders by using the club you are about to hit with and keeping your body position the same

Move the club so that you are holding it in both hands at about hip height in front of you

Get it to the point where you can see the shaft of the club, your alignment aid and your feet

Those three things should all be on a parallel line with each other

Now keeping the shaft of the club on that same line pay attention to how it relates to your knees

Is each knee the same distance away from the shaft or is one knee closer than the other?

If different adjust your knees so that they are parallel with your target line and your feet

Now you should have both your feet and your knees lined up well so it’s time to bring the shaft of the club up so that it rests across the front of your hips

When the shaft touches each hip – does it remain parallel to the line that your feet and knees are on or does it aim left or right?

If that’s the case then adjust your hips around so that when you rest the shaft of the club in front of you

Your feet, knees and hips are now all exactly parallel to your alignment aid which leaves one final thing to do

Check your shoulders by maintaining your body position then bringing the shaft of the club up to the point where it touches the front of each shoulder

Does that shaft remain parallel to the other things you have already checked?

If not adjust your shoulders so that they are

Then do a final check that your feet, knees, hips and shoulders are all on a parallel line that will be aiming to the left of your target of course

If you have had to adjust one or even all of those things then you will find that you will be extremely uncomfortable before you hit a shot

It’s important that you override those thoughts by hitting a shot and just seeing what results as the thoughts you are receiving is just your brain letting you know that something is different

I’d suggest that to really get to the point where you are lining up well it could take quite a few practice sessions each one being quite methodical in terms of checking that your feet, knees, hips and shoulders are in fact all lined up in the same parallel fashion as each other…………………….”

The sort of precision and constant checking of alignment that the ideas above outline

Are exactly the things that all top golfers do for every shot they hit

Which is why they consistently hit so many good shots of course

Read that again as that was the important bit!

So if you would like to develop the ability to consistently hit good shots

As well as figuring out how to drive the golf ball as far as you possibly can

Click here and grab a copy of the book in whatever format you prefer

Reading it and putting the ideas into practice – will really help you to

Play well


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