I’ve often said I would hate to be at a rifle range with a bunch of golfers; someone would get shot. That’s because golfers tend to have the most crooked aim of players in any sport, and there’s good reason for that. If you tend to curve the ball right, you’ll aim left. If you tend to curve the ball left, you’ll aim right. Now that isn’t always a bad thing… in fact, it’s often quite functional.
But before I discuss “proper” aim and alignment, versus just band-aids for the issue, let’s establish the difference between the two.
- Aim: The position of the club face at address. It can be aimed at the target, or left or right of it.
- Alignment: The position of the body at address. It can be parallel to the flight line, left of it or right of it.
Notice that the ONLY thing looking at the target, or the desired start line, is the club face. It’s never the body.