10 Golf tips for better aim and alignment on every shot

The most frequently asked question is how to improve one's aim. Like most other abilities in golf, proper targeting and alignment must be acquired. After you grasp how aiming works, you'll be shocked at how many more of your shots will hit the target. Here are five ideas to help you hit your targets.

10 Golf tips for better aim and alignment on every shot

1. Align the body and face

When it comes to aiming and aligning, the most common mistake and misunderstanding I see is golfers believing their bodies should aim at the target. Most of the time, this is incorrect. The clubface should be aimed at the target, and the body should be parallel to it rather than directly at it. As a right-handed golfer, your body lines will be to the left of the target.

2. Create your setup around the clubface.

As part of your setup routine, aim your clubface at the goal and then build your setup around it. In other words, prioritize clubface position over body posture.

3. Always practice with a training device.

When practicing, most top players employ alignment assistance. The Alignment Ball is one of my favorites because it is compact, fits in my bag, and has so many functions. It can also be used to aim your putter face.

4. Recognize your visual tendencies

I know when I'm aiming accurately, yet my aim appears to be too far left to me. It's always been this way, and I expect it to stay that way because, in most circumstances, my eyes are parallel to, and functionally left of, the objective. When you aim correctly, you can also recognize your own perspective. Set up during a lesson or at an aim and alignment station so that you are exactly aimed at the target.

Once you've determined that you're properly aimed and aligned, glance at the target and ask yourself, "Relative to the target, where does it appear that I'm aiming?" You should try to recreate this viewpoint in all of your photographs.

5. Keep your gaze fixed on the target while aiming.

Although it may seem simple, it is critical to focus on the target rather than the ball when aiming. Some golfers may spend the entire setup procedure staring at the ball rather than glancing between the target and the ball, which is required to aim the clubface and align the body parts. When you watch a good golfer set up, you'll notice that they gaze at the target several times.

6. Consistent ball curvature makes aiming much easier.

When pupils ask for aiming tips, I usually tell them to make sure they strike the ball somewhat near to where they're aiming. Aiming becomes more difficult when the ball has an extreme curvature or miss. Reasonable basics and contact are essential components of becoming an effective aimer.

7. Place yourself behind your ball.

Aiming in golf might be more challenging than in other sports since you approach a shot from the side of the ball. As part of your set-up process, stand behind the ball, as you would in darts or bowling. This technique will assist you in seeing the "real view" of where to aim as well as identifying an intermediate objective.

8. Practice swinging, then aim

I've always thought you should take a practice swing before aiming. Many golfers try to aim first and then take their practice swing, and they frequently get slightly tilted one way or the other, throwing their aim off.

9. Make use of the line on your ball.

You can use the alignment line on your ball to assist you aim in two situations. You can stand behind your ball on the green or tee and aim the line to your target. As you walk around to the side of the ball to set up, keep your clubface perpendicular to the target and your body lines parallel.

10. One last look

There are numerous setup routines available, and they can be tailored to your specific needs. Take one last look at your target after you've finished your own setup ritual. This enables you to double-check your aim and target alignment while visualizing solid contact. Having a visual connection to the target will boost your confidence and lead to more on-target shots.

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