Golf Tips by Tito Urias. Tito is an aspiring professional golfer with plans to compete on the PGA Tour. He is also the founder and president of Triumph Junior Golf of West Texas.
Your alignment is key to executing consistent and accurate golf shots. It is vital that no matter how much time you set aside for practice each week, aligning your body and club face to the target before striking the ball with any club is important. So many golfers spend hours on the range in frustration trying to correct a slice or hook with every 'Band-Aid Quick Fix' they’ve picked up through out the years. The majority of the time, the fix is just a slight tweak in your alignment. Misalignment is one of the most common errors of the golf shot.
For example, a sniper/marksman, before going into competition, will spend hours if not days aligning his scope. If his adjustments are off just a few degrees, like golf, it can send him/her off target by many yards.
In golf, it could mean the difference between hitting it STIFF or hitting it in the DRINK! At a young age, my Dad taught me to always practice with a club on the ground to ensure my feet, knees, hips and shoulder were always aligned with my target. It's a lesson I still use today. Golfers of any skill level can lower their scores if they focus and practice on properly aligning for each shot.
For Consistent Shots
PARALLEL STANCE: Make sure your Body Lines(Feet, Knees, Hips, & Shoulders) are aligned parallel to the Target Line(Direction of the club face). Position your Body Lines slightly left of your Target Line as if you were teeing up on railroad tracks. This will allow golfers to swing consistently on plane and help zero in on their targets.
OPEN STANCE: This stance encourages an outside-to-inside swing path, causing missed hits to the right (fades, slices). CLOSED STANCE: This stance encourages an inside-to-outside swing path, causing missed hits to the left (draw, hooks).