“Demanding that golf instruction be kept simple does not make it simple — only incomplete and ineffective.” ~ Homer Kelley (Author of The Golfing Machine)
Ask any golfer to describe in just one word the one thing that they want from golf more than anything else and guess what they would probably say?…
Yes they want to cure slice problems, and hit their driver longer and straighter, and play like PGA tour pro’s, but fundamentally they all want more consistency in their shot-making and in the scoring.
In other words, they want to find a way to get their golfclub head to strike the ball in the middle of the clubface with it pointing in the right direction as the golf ball departs from the clubface.
The know what they want, they just don’t know how to do it!
In this article I’m going to show you what the number one alignment in the golf stroke is, and how to develop it in your golf swing.
Take a good look at the following photo, and study it carefully.
IMPACT AND ADDRESS ARE DIFFERENT
This photo above is of Australian golfer Steve Allan who plays on the Nationwide and PGA golf tour. If you studied the photo you would have quickly noticed that his address position and impact position are different.
At address your hands are in-line or slightly ahead of the golf club. There is a slight angle between the club shaft and left forearm and in fact we could say that the left wrist is bent.
In the following photo I’m demonstrating the address angle for you and you can clearly see that the golf shaft is more or less in the center of my body. This alignment is helpful for starting your golf swing back on plane. Many golfers have a tendency to push their hands further forward than this so that their hands are opposite their left knee.
This address position can lead to the golf club traveling too much behind your body too soon, leading to a swing plane that is flatter than ideal.
Visually when you address the golf ball the golf shaft should look straight to you, as you observe it from above.
The number one alignment in the golf swing is a flat left wrist at impact. When you strike the golf ball the golf club will have caught up to the hands and if it happened at the correct time it gives the appearance of the golf shaft leaning forwards towards the target.
In the following photo I’m demonstrating the golf shaft leaning forward alignment which is a great routine to practice and incorporate into your practice routine.
In a simple way this is like programming your mind to understand exactly the condition you’d like your hands and golf club to be in when your are impacting the ball.
INLINE ON TIME!
When you go through this routine push your hands forward until the golf shaft appears to have an exaggerated lean on it. In fact all you are doing is moving your golf shaft in-line with your left arm producing the number one alignment in golf -the flat left wrist at impact.
Every great golfer has been able to achieve this alignment in their golf swing and by practicing the address to impact lean consistently you will start to program your golf swing to improve it in your technique.
It’s one thing to talk about impact as being important, it’s another thing altogether to talk about a flat left wrist as the number one principle of a correct impact.
If it was simple every golfer would be able to do it, but since most of the in golf magazines, DVD’s and golf instruction books is focused on “keeping it simple,” keep in mind that keeping it simple doesn’t it doesn’t make it right, but it does make it incomplete and ineffective.
Do yourself a big favor and make it your goal to learn how to achieve a flat left wrist at impact. Build it into your golf swing by beginning with 1/4 swings focusing on the flat left wrist at the completion of the stroke. Then graduate to 1/2 swings, then onto 3/4 swings until finally you can achieve the number one alignment in golf with your full stroke.
It will be the best decision you ever make and will elevate the status of your golf swing from good golf swing to a great golf swing.
And what could be better than that?