Take aim

Alignment is one of the areas where amateurs of any level can be just as good as the world’s best players. It is also an area where you can cut a lot of shots off your scores with little work.

Poor alignment generally stems from two things – either you’re compensating for a fault in your swing or you think you’re aligned properly but you haven’t practised and checked enough to know you’re not.

To be perfectly aligned, your feet, shoulders and hips should all be parallel to the target line – as demonstrated here using two sticks. A great way to visualise this position is to think of the line along your feet and the line from the ball to the target as two train tracks. The clubface should be at a right angle to these lines. From here you’re in the perfect position to hit shots to your target.