If you want to hit better, more consistent golf shots then you need to align yourself correctly, in relation to where you want your golf ball to go. In this article I’m going to tell you a proven way that you can do this, and even the best golfers in the world need to learn this lesson. To prove my point read the following story about the great golfer, Payne Stewart, just before he won the 1999 U.S. Open.
“During our Tuesday practice round, Dr. Richard Coop, a sports psychologist who has worked with Payne for a number of years, walked with us. As he watched Payne play the course, he noticed something vital. “When are you picking your spots?” he asked.
They had been working on a way to improve Payne’s set-up and alignment. Payne would pick a spot in front of the ball and align the club and his body to that spot. Apparently, he was neglecting this important part of his pre-shot routine.
“That’s right, Coop,” Payne shot back. “Always analyzing, aren’t you?”
“I’m just asking,” Dr. Coop replied. “When are you picking your spots?”
Payne said nothing — but he went back to picking his spots. If you look at a tape of Payne’s win, you’ll see him doing this before each shot. It was a point well taken.”
Ok, so to help you line up you need to pick a spot in front of your ball that will help you to line up with. You probably already know that golf alignment tip, but like Payne Stewart… are you actually doing it – and doing it consistently?
If not, you need to make this part of your pre-shot routine to ensure that you always do it.
So for every shot stand behind your ball and imagine a line from your ball to the place where you want your ball to go. Then along this line pick out an object that is a yard or two in front of your ball. This object has to be one that you can easily keep an eye on as you’re walking up to your ball, e.g – a particular leaf on the ground, a stick or twig, or some other object that is easily identifiable.
When you setup to your ball use this object to line up your clubface and then line up your body correctly in relation to your clubface. By making this a habit you may not win a U.S. Open like Payne Stewart, but I’m sure your ball striking accuracy will improve and become more consistent.