Publishers note: I am happy to welcome Michael Midgette to LongIslandGolfNews.com. He’s a young PGA-credentialed instructor who, we hope, will become a regular contributor to the site – writing on things like instruction, local course news and the life of an aspiring competitive professional golfer. Without further ado, here’s Michael inaugural post…
Alignment, ball position, and grip are often the most overlooked aspects of the golf swing. Just because your eyes are looking at your target at address does not mean you are correctly lined up there.
The most effective way to align correctly is to pick an intermediate target (IT). Here is a step by step process you should implement as your pre-shot routine:
- Stand behind the ball facing what is in front of you (displayed in picture). Pick the best target to get your ball in the fairway or on the green safely.
- Draw your eyes back down to the ball and pick a spot that is in line with your distant target, and is 1-6 feet in front of the golf ball. This spot is your intermediate target (IT).
- Take your address position and line the clubface up with your IT.
- Swing away.
You’ll find by incorporating this into your practice sessions, it will become second nature on the course and your misses will be less drastic. This is because you are aimed properly and no longer have to compensate with your swing for your improper aim.
Example: Someone who aims his body too far to the right, will compensate by swinging “over-the-top” to pull the ball back to his intended target.
So, next time you’re on the practice tee, or the first tee, implement this process as your pre-shot routine and see what it does. Don’t forget it: alignment, ball position, and grip.
Michael Midgette is a PGA Class A Instructor teaching at SkyDrive in Farmingdale and Golf & Body in Huntington. He is 28 years old, grew up on Long Island, and has been playing since age 15. Michael turned professional in 2011 after graduating from Coastal Carolina’s Professional Golf Management program and has designed his own website to aid his students on their path toward lower scores and on-course fun. Read more about Michael and while you’re there – book a lesson.
Photo Credit: Bob Hoerauf (the post’s author is pictured)