Importance of Alignment During Practice Sessions

Joe Rahnis

Practicing golf is important because it promotes muscle memory. We invest a lot of time and money into practice in hopes that the results show on the course and more importantly on our scorecard. One thing that is really important while practicing is making sure we are aligned to our target. There is nothing worse than hitting a great golf shot that misses the green to one side or the other. In many cases, this is not your mechanics, it is simply not aligning to your target correctly.

While practicing, I recommend you use alignment sticks or other clubs or anything straight to point you in the right direction. The first stick is the target line. It sits just outside the golf ball and points to the target. The second stick runs like a railroad track along the foot line.

Once you have these in place, you will always be aligned correctly. Now you can focus on the mechanics you are working on with confidence that your alignment is perfect. The other thing that will happen is you will get used to where the target appears in your site-line once set-up.

Practice is very important, but alignment is a must for the shots to head towards their intended target. Hope this helps and we look forward to seeing you on the course.