The Golf Swing

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

The Set Up - Alignment part 1

If you don't set up square to the ball your shot is basically ruined before you swing the club. Aiming your club and body anywhere other than parallel to your target line is a sure fired recipe for making a good swing bad and a bad swing even worse.

Learning to align yourself properly doesn't require any special skills or years of experience. All it requires is that you take some time and effort to make sure your body and club are aimed properly.

Proper alignment means setting your feet, knees, hips, shoulders, and clubface square to the target line. However, in order to consistently set yourself square you have to know what square feels like.

Try the following: Place a club on the ground parallel to your target line. Now grab another club and take your stance making sure your knees are flexed, you're bent forward at the hips, your spine is straight and your arms are hanging from your shoulders. Now, without changing the position of your body lay the club across your knees. Is the club parallel to the club you placed on the ground along your target line? It should be. Is the club parallel to the ground? It should be. Do the same thing for your hips and shoulders. The club should always be parallel to your target line and the ground.

Tune in again tomorrow for more on setting up square to the ball.

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