When setting up to hit a shot a common mistake with alignment that I see is players aiming their body to their target and then setting the club face down. It is very hard to aim your body first and most players don’t get it right.

We know that 75% of where the ball goes is due to the position of the club face at impact so we want to make sure that we certainly set up with a square club face at address.

A better recommendation is to set your club face down first:

  1. Aim the club face where you want it to go, aim at the target or an intermediate spot between you and the target; then
  2. Making sure that the club face stays in that position, simply square your body up to your club face.

If you can do these two things, you can play your shot knowing that you are 75% or more on the way to accurate alignment.



Maria Palozola

Maria Palozola has been selected as one of the Top 50 LPGA Teachers in the World from 2008 to the present and chosen as LPGA Midwest Section Teacher of the Year in 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2016.

As a regional director and coach for the USA Junior National Golf Team, Maria was also selected as a U.S. Kids Top 50 Teacher for 2016 and runs the St. Louis West County Chapter of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Club

You can see Maria on the Golf Channel doing golf tips for the Golf Fix and School of Golf. Maria instructs online at mygolfinstructor.com and in person at stlouisgolflessons.com. Follow Maria Palozola online on Twitter and Facebook.



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