The Alignment of the Golf Stroke
What is the alignment?
As the name suggests, alignment is the way we stand and aim with our whole body and the golf club towards the green, our objective.
My colleagues, golf professionals, have talked previously about the importance of stance and grip, the stance we adopt for the stroke and the position of our hands on the golf club. Achieving good alignment is the next step to achieving a good stroke; above all, to gain constancy, and that with our strokes we arrive at the desired objective.
How do we achieve good alignment?
To achieve good alignment, begin by getting behind the ball with respect to the objective, analyze the distance, the wind, choose the golf cub and decide your strategy. Then choose a reference point that can easily be seen. There are players who find it helps them to have their reference point near the golf-ball and others who find it more helpful to have their reference point at a distance, so try it yourself and choose whichever works best for you.
In the alignment, the most important thing is that the face of the golf-club points where we want it to; that shoulders, hips, knees and feet are parallel to our objective and that the position of the golf-ball between the feet is properly placed.
To practice this you are advised to breathe deeply several times to relax the upper part of your body, visualize the swing you want make before the stroke and never pressurise yourself regarding the course of the golf-ball. You should think that if the swing is good and everything you have done is correct, the golf-ball will end up where you want it to, on target and towards the green.
Good luck and practice!!