Body Parts and Eyes Need to Be Aligned to the Target

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By admin December 30, 2014 00:35

Body Parts and Eyes Need to Be Aligned to the Target

Written by Al Geiberger

Swing improvement by utilizing proper alignment

Once you have the clubface properly aimed, align your body squarely with it. That means you set your feet, knees, hips and shoulders on a line that is perpendicular to the clubface or parallel to your line of play. You can use clubs, boards or lines in practice to develop a sense of square body alignment.

Set up properly, otherwise, your swing will be going in a different direction. But I think the most important part of your body to get properly aligned is your eyes. Unless your eyes are parallel to the line of play, it’s almost impossible to aim or align correctly.

Bud Palmer, the former basketball player and sportscaster, asked me for a lesson one time. I could see right away that for a big guy and a good athlete, he had a very weak swing. It didn’t have any zip, because he took the club so far inside the target line on his backswing that he was just struggling to get it on line coming through. He would come over the top (spinning to the outside or toward the target line with the right shoulder) and he didn’t have any power left by the time he got to the ball.

I realized Bud had his head turned to the right, which tilted his eyes and aimed them to the right. It was interesting to see that his clubface aligned every time with the side of his face aiming to the right. Because of the way his eyes were setting, that looked square to him. His right arm was taking over, overpowering and breaking down the extension of his left side. That entire chain reaction of unfortunate events was caused by improper alignment of the eyes. I tell you this lengthy story to impress on you the importance of aligning them correctly.

Again, work in practice to get the feeling of your eyes being set parallel to your target line. Use a mirror at home to make sure your head and eyes are straight; then just bend over and look at an imaginary target line to get the feeling of keeping them parallel.

When you look at your target while addressing the ball, do so by rotating your head, not lifting it. And if you cock your head to the right as you start your swing so you can look at the ball with your left eye, as you should, make sure you rotate it so your chin stays in line with your forehead.
By keeping your eyes in the correct position, that chain reaction of events in your swing can be productive instead of disastrous.

Excerpted from Al Geiberger’s best selling book TEMPO, available at your favorite bookstore. Geiberger, with 22 combined wins on the PGA and Champions Tour including his historic 59, is professional emeritus at Stone Eagle.

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By admin December 30, 2014 00:35