Pro Tip of the Week: Get Better at Lining Up

By Wayne | Articles: Becoming a Better Player

After teaching for 30 years one thing I can tell you for sure is that the average player is not very good at aiming. Aligning properly for a golf shot is difficult because, unlike shooting a gun or a bow and arrow (or most other activities that require aim) in golf you have to stand to the side of the target line and figure out how to get your body and you club to be square (perpendicular) to that line.

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L August 22, 2016

I spent my life as a baseball player throwing to a target when I was sideways to it. I just step up and hit a golf ball and it goes where I want if I strike it properly. Of course I have to emphasize “if I strike it correctly.” Maybe decades playing and coaching baseball trained me to see a target from a side ways position and to judge how hit it.

I do still follow you pre-shot routine to avoid falling into bad habits. It also gives me an added sense of confidence.

My greatest difficulty in aiming comes when I have a sidehill/uphill lie (ball above my feet). I often aim too far right — meaning I overestimate the amount the ball will go left off of the uphill/sidehill lie. I cannot figure how to calculate the degree the ball will go left off of the incline.

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