I am dumbfounded…re: alignment

(There is going to be lots of good stuff in the coming days and weeks. Some really solid mental approaches that are going to help, more shots and different ways to play them…and of course, some more ideas on how to simplify the swing.)

I hope I am not insulting those of you who know today’s subject already, but it is so important, I decided to post it.

I found out something last week and couldn’t believe it. Over 1/3 of the golfers I polled on the range over two days either don’t know what alignment is, or think it is the wrong thing. These were not beginners and duffers. Many were low double digit and even some high single digit handicappers.

Some thought that where you are aimed is a shaft placed in front of your feet, while some others just thought it’s, “where your eyes tell you it is.”

Still more had no answer…coincidentally, they were aligned the worst.

The intriguing group is the one that thought you were aimed where a shaft placed in front of your feet pointed. Why is that intriguing?…because 100% of them came over the top. I don’t mean Bryce Molder’s “pure” over the top. I mean the stereotypical whip it too far inside, reroute the hands over the top and hit a big pull slice. I mean all of them, even the ones who had control of it.

I always thought that the biggest contributor to OTT was people thinking they had to whip it inside to swing “inside/out,” bad posture with the arms not hanging down relaxed forcing the club too inside and “low and slow.”

Finding out how many people had the alignment misnomer and seeing every one of them go textbook over the top has me rethinking this. It makes perfect sense though as most problems start in the setup. Anyway, for those of you who don’t know how to see where you are aligned (I know it’s a bad assumption, but assuming shoulders, hips and feet are in the same direction), watch the video I already posted. The part that concerns today’s post starts at :40 and ends at 1:30. The rest is also helpful if you haven’t seen it.

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  1. S.

    “either don’t know what alignment is, or think it is the wrong thing.”

    There’s possibly another group–those who think about alignment too long. Alignment is all straight lines, assuming the club face to also be a straight line.

    Perhaps after you are aligned, the only thing is turns and arcs and most of all, the ball.

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  2. Monte Scheinblum

    “There’s possibly another group–those who think about alignment too long.”

    That is for sure

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  3. Calvin D

    Played behind some today who were so aligned I thought they were turning into chrysalises.

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  4. Steelydan

    Hi Monte,

    So are you basically saying that the guys with the shaft in front of their feet are aiming three feet or so too far left? And why does this cause OTT? Sorry I didn’t get this one.

    SD

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      If your foot line is at the target, then you are aimed WAY right. That will necessitate a huge draw, or OTT to hit the ball on target.

      Germany looked fantastic. I am sorry that Thomas Mueller won’t be playing the next round. Bad yellow card today. I believe he has been the best player in the World Cup so far.

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      • Steelydan

        Hm. Let’s assume a right handed golfer and a foot line that is parallel to the target line. If this golfer uses his foot line to aim, wouldn’t he be aimed just a little bit too far left (equal to the distance between the two parallel lines)?

        Regarding Germany, appreciated. Watch out for Müller’s substitute Kroos!

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          Thanks for all of the ideas. If your foot line is pointed at your intended target. A line parallel on the golf ball (target line) out to infinity aim farther and farther right as the target gets farther from you.

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      • Steelydan

        Monte, I don’t wanna be too picky about this, but I still have to disagree in one point. By definition, two parallel lines always have the same distance from each other. Therefore, your distance to the target doesn’t matter. However, in relative terms, the further you are from the target, the *less* severe your wrong alignment at the foot line will be. Just imagine a short putt vs. a 300 yard drive. Correct? Still, I am not saying that said alignment is right.

        Cheers
        SD

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          Let me attack this from a different way. Pick a target 200 yards away on the range. Place a shaft that points at that target. Place your toes up against that shaft. Then put a ball down in front of you with your 200 yards club. Place a shaft parallel to your feet next to the ball and see where that is aimed. Way right if you are a right handed golfer. The closer the target is, the less off line that alignment will be pointing. I understand your “by definition” parallel lines point is, but because you are aiming at targets at distance, the target line changes it’s perceived angle.

          This is the same theory behind teeing up on different sides of the tee box to get your lines working away form the target.

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      • SteelyDan

        Funny. Somehow, I still don’t buy it.

        If the two shafts you mentioned are parallel and the inner one points at the target, the outer one will never point farhter right than the distance between your toes and the ball (= distance between the two shafts). Perception shouldn’t matter as long as you view the two shafts/lines idependently and exactly from down the line. It might play a role though if you are viewing from your address position. All this obviously implies you get the parallel shaft alignment 100% right.

        Maybe I should try this out next tim on the range 😉

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        • Monte Scheinblum

          This may be a big break though for you. It is very possible that your alignment has been poor.

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