Difference Between Aim and Alignment

I don’t care how impressive your golf swing is, or how awful. A golfer with a better swing that can’t aim is much worse off than a golfer with excellent aim and poor mechanics. As it relates to your setup and swing, the skill of aiming and aligning yourself to your target is unmatched in importance.

“Hey can you check where I’m aiming?” The golfer asks one of his playing partners to tell him where he’s aiming because he has no idea. He needs some confirmation in the form of “Perfect, right at the flag.” In reality, he’s aimed at the bunkers, and in most cases shouldn’t be aiming at the pin in the first place. Develop Strategy within your golf game.

My question is golfers either never consider practicing their aim, or, they think they know where they’re aimed and its not true. To understand this concept, imagine taking aim with your sniper rifle at your target. You fire with confidence in your aim expecting to see it hit, but all that falls down is the shooting range employee at the other end. You could reload and try the same technique again, (what most golfers do) or figure out why you killed your friend. (I tried to use a dramatic scene to show its importance in your golf game)

Unlike a bullet that travels in a straight path, a golf ball usually has more movement. Either left-to-right or right to left. If everyone hit straight shots all the time, it would be extremely easy to get good at aiming. I think this is the reason why so many golfer’s struggle with their aim. The relationship between your alignment and aim will control the direction the ball will travel in the air. Learn more about ball flight laws.

What’s the difference between aim and alignment?

Alignment can be thought of as components in the sniper rifle, and the aim is where it points. Put into golfing terms, your alignment (Feet, Knees, Hips, Shoulders, Arms, Hands, and Club face) is how these body parts setup together relative to your chosen target line. The target line is your aim. Ideally, setting up square to your target line with your alignment will make aiming easier. First learning how to setup square will then allow you to open/close your alignment.

How to practice aim and alignment.

When you are at the driving range be sure to lay down a club to indicate your target line. When hitting balls it will lay between your feet and the ball. To make sure it’s properly setup point the club parallel left of where you want to aim. If you could hang a line directly over the ball, it would point directly at the target. Now match your body (Feet, Knees, Hips, Shoulders, Arms, Hands, and Club face) to the line on the ground. This will eliminate two variables when hitting balls at the driving range. Aim and Alignment. Your swing may feel different for the first couple weeks as you get adjusted to the proper aim and alignment.


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