Today we're going to talk about alignment and short game.
One of the things that I see in a lot of my students is they struggle with short game.
Most of the lessons I give are long game, that's what people want to work on.
I see most of the struggles of my students in short game, around the greens, chipping, pitching.
One of the components to short game that I like to teach that I think is really paramount in having success around the greens is alignment.
What I like to use, I encourage all my students to use is an alignment stick.
Alignment sticks, real simple, you can buy them at most golf stores.
You can buy it online, you can buy it at actually a hardware store.
That's where I got this one.
What I'll do is I'll align my alignment stick on my break line.
You'll notice I didn't say on my target.
My target may not always be the break line.
The start out line is not always the target line.
In this case, there's a slight bit of break.
You always want to make sure that you have it on the break line, not the target line.
This is a very simple chip shot.
It's about 40 feet.
We got about 20 feet of green to work with.
This is a sandwich that I'm using.
It's normally the halfway club.
A couple of things that I like to work on alignment is the club face which is the angle that your club face is pointed at, address and the path.
Most people, I would say 90% of my students, don't aim the club face very well at the address position.
They're normally, I would say nine out of 10, are open.
Most of them are to the right.
I've had an occasional left, but very few are able to line the club face up well.
Now since the club face is responsible for most of the direction of the start out line of the golf ball, it is paramount to be able to line your club face at the target and return it.
Since most people don't line their club face at the target at address position, very few of them are able to return it to a square position.
What I encourage my students to do is A, first learn how to line up your club face.
It's real simple.
You take your golf club, and you just tee it up with the stick on line.
What I mean by T is you make a T with the scoring line of the club face and the stick itself.
Once you do that, as you take the club back you want the club to work down the stick line.
In other words, you don't want the club to work out or in.
As you're coming through, you want to work down the stick line.
You don't want it to work out or in.
If you're able to return your club face to a pretty square position, take it back fairly square and through fairly square, what you're going to notice is that ball is going to go towards your start out line every time.
That's going to eliminate one of the variables.
Most of the people that miss their chip shots is off line.
Again, set your club face up square to the stick.
Make sure that your takeaway is square down the line, and make sure that your follow through is square down the line.
If you do that, that ball should go relatively at your target.
Hopefully, this has a little bit of break.
It should come pretty close to going in.
If you can return your club face to a square position, start it at a square position, you'll almost eliminate the variable of left and right misses.