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A basic fundamental to helping you hit straight golf shots is the club face angle and body alignment being parallel to your target when addressing the ball.

If for instance you are slicing the ball don’t aim left of the target to compensate for a slice because you are just compounding the fault, likewise, if you hooking the ball do not set up to the right of the target as again this just exaggerates the fault .

To correct these faults:

  • When practising firstly identify your target, take an alignment stick or a club and place it on the ground pointing directly at your target, this is known as your “target line” . 
  • Now lay your second alignment stick/club on the ground in line with your feet. Your shoulders and hips should also run parallel to this line. 
  • If you take a step back these two sticks , should both be running parallel towards your intended target. 
  • Your club face angle with the shoulders,hips,and feet should now be positioned correctly which will allow the club to travel on a better path into the ball. 
  • Finally, be aware of the ball position at address, inside your left heel with your woods, middle of the stance with your irons.
Jeremy Nicholls

Jeremy Nicholls

Ledene Golf Centre - PGA Golf Pro

Jeremy Nicholls joined Ledene Golf Centre in 2004 and is a fully qualified class AA PGA professional. Jeremy is a highly respected and experienced coach having taught extensively throughout the West Midlands. Jeremy uses a modern and flexible strategy suitable for all golfers of all abilities.