Golf Alignment Drills

Practicing your alignment is something you should work on every time you visit the practice range. Alignment can make or break your golf shot and has great impact on your golf scores during your round.

Don’t take golf alignment lightly.

Get into a habit of focusing on alignment to your target first, before any other swing thought comes into your mind.

Here are several golf alignment drills to practice setting up correctly and aligning properly at your target.

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Best Golf Alignment Drills to Practice

#1: Pull Shot Alignment Drill

If you hit a lot of pull shots that start left and continue to go that way, it means you need to check your alignment. The drill will help you to check your alignment so you can hit a straight shot.

How to Do Pull Shot Alignment Drill:

  • Select a target.
  • Place two clubs on the ground parallel to each other in front of you. These must point directly toward the target.
  • Place the golf ball just outside the club near your foot, so it leaves enough space to hit the golf ball.
  • Now, stand with your toes almost touching the shaft and keep your feet aligned to the second club.
  • Take your club, place the head behind the golf ball and align the face with the golf club near you.
  • Now, hit a shot and see where the ball goes. If it goes straight, you’ve done it right.

#2: Push Shot Alignment Drill

The drill helps you to hit a straight shot rather than hitting it right with no curve in flight.

How to Do Push Shot Alignment Drill:

  • Select a target.
  • Place two clubs or sticks on the ground parallel to each other in front of you. These must point directly toward the target.
  • Place the golf ball just inside of the club away from your feet, so it leaves enough space to hit the golf ball.
  • Now, stand with your toes almost touching the shaft and keep your feet aligned to the second club.
  • Now, address the golf ball by using the club near your foot to aim your clubface correctly.
  • Also, keep your feet shoulder-width apart, and from this position, hit a shot.
  • If it flies straight to the target, your swing is good.

#3: Full Swing Alignment Drill

It is one of the simplest golf alignment drills that helps you adjust your body position correctly and also helps to aim properly.

How to Do a Full Swing Alignment Drill:

  • Set a target.
  • Take two alignment sticks and place one near your feet and the other parallel to it, so they represent a railroad track. These must point toward the target.
  • The far one represents the ball, and the near one your stance.
  • Keep the far alignment stick a little behind the other one, and place a golf ball above it(on the same line).
  • Now, keep your shoulders, forearms, hips, knees, feet, and eyes parallel to the stick near you.
  • When you address the ball, keep your feet shoulder-width apart for mid and short irons and wider for longer clubs.
  • From this position, hit the ball and see the results.

#4: Eye Alignment Drill

The drill helps position the eye in the proper place, parallel to the surface and over the target line.

How to Do Eye Alignment Drill:

  • Set a target about 6-10 inches away and place a golf ball on the ground over the target line.
  • Grab another ball with your rear hand (thumb and index finger), take it close to your right eye, and drop it.
  • If it hits the ball on the ground, then you’re in good shape. If the ball lands anywhere else, you need to adjust your position.
  • You can also make a triangle with your hands and put it in front of the right eye. It helps to focus on the ball and the target.
  • After doing this, hit a putt, and see how straight the ball goes.

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#5: Hook Shot Alignment Drill

If your clubface is closing down too quickly, then you may be hitting a hook shot. Many golfers face this problem because of not having a proper swing path and wrong body posture.

How to Do Hook Shot Alignment Drill:

  • First, select a flag as a target, make an imaginary line from it to your position, and place a ball on it.
  • The line is called the ball-to-target line.
  • Now, find something on the green right in front of the golf ball on the target line.
  • Position the clubface at the intermediate target. It will square the clubface, which in turn aims at the actual target.
  • Now, align your knees, toes, shoulders, and hips at the correct angles to the designed ball-to-target line.
  • Hold your club firmly and hit the ball, and see the difference.

#6: Slice Shot Alignment Drill

Hitting a slice is common when the body is positioned towards the right. It’s like hitting a pull where the golf club comes from the outside-in and makes a bad contact with the ball. This drill is easy and will solve your problem in no time.

How to Do Slice Shot Alignment Drill:

  • Grab a longer club. You can choose between 2,3, or 4 iron.
  • Set a target and place the ball on the ground.
  • Now, take a basket or similar object and place it 18 inches behind the golf ball outside the designed target line.
  • Keep your knees, shoulders, hips, and feet square to the target.
  • You can use a club to check the foot alignment and for shoulders and hips, ask your friend to check them.
  • Now, hit the ball.
  • Our goal is to hit the golf ball with the clubhead from inside the line.
  • If you swing from outside-in, it will hit the basket.

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#7: T Drill

The T drill helps you to align the golf ball properly in your stance.

How to Do T Drill:

  • Take your stance and place a golf ball on the green.
  • Now, put a club down between the ball and your feet. It must be parallel to the target.
  • Take another club and lay it down in the middle of your legs to form a T.
  • Adjust the ball position to the top of the second club (the one in your legs).
  • Now, try to keep your spine in line, arms hanging freely from the shoulders, and 60% weight on the lead foot.
  • From this position, hit the ball.
  • For longer clubs, place the golf ball a little forward from the top of the club.

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