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Hi, Dave Cahill here with Cahill Golf. Today I am at the Loggers Trail Golf Course in Stillwater, MN. I will talk about using a training aid, an alignment stick, to help align the golf club face properly at the target.
Take the alignment stick. Walk behind the ball. Look over the ball towards the target. Point the alignment stick toward the target. The stick must point exactly to the target. Then place the stick. View the set-up from behind again to double check: Make sure the alignment stick placement is correct. The key to setting up using an alignment stick as a visual aid is to align the club correctly to it. The line formed where the club face meets the sole of the club* is important. This line, formed at the bottom face of the golf club, must be perpendicular or at a 90-degree angle to the alignment stick. When the club is aligned in this way the club is facing exactly at the target. Put a ball down and practice, using the alignment stick as a visual aid to see what it looks like to have that club perpendicular to the line.
Note: The key to learning a new motor skill is not just how much time you spend practicing, but how you practice. For the most effective practice, practice a slightly modified version rather than the exact same thing multiple times in a row. After a few swings with the alignment stick, walk several feet away and try the same drill a few times without the alignment stick. Hit a few shots and return to the alignment stick. Repeat in various positions returning to the alignment stick each time after a few swings away.
PGA Instructor Mike Cahill and PGA Master Instructor Dave Cahill are here to help you play better and enjoy the game more. Please come see us in Palm Springs, California or Stillwater, Minnesota for golf lessons or visit us for a Palm Springs, California or Las Vegas, Nevada Golf School.

PGA Instructor Mike Cahill 612-501-9015 [email protected]

PGA Master Instructor Dave Cahill 952-994-0387 [email protected]

Leading Edge

*The line created where the front edge of the sole and the lower edge of the club face meet.