(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.