Alignment sticks play a significant role in the development of many golfers. They have a variety of uses. In recent years, alignment sticks have grown popular as a training aid. So much so that businesses have begun to manufacture and sell them on their own. Previously, most golfers simply purchased a pair of snow poles from their local hardware shop, which did the trick.
Alignment stick coverings are now available to protect them. On the other hand, their rise in popularity is not wholly surprising. They are quite simple, but they bring great value to the gamer.
As the name implies, most players utilize the stick to aid with alignment, but do you know how to use Golf alignment sticks? This article will go through my top ten ideas for using Golf alignment sticks.
Before we learn how to use golf alignment sticks, let us first understand what is alignment in golf. The most essential, though often ignored, basic of golf is alignment. Even a flawless swing might be ruined if the club and body are not properly aligned.
Alignment in golf relates to the angle of both your club and your feet aimed at your target line. Your clubface should be pointed straight down the target line, and your feet should be parallel to the path of the ball. Poor alignment can cause you to miss your target by 50 yards to the left or right.
Although golfers spend days focusing on their swing without considering whether or not they are aiming in the right direction, by employing alignment sticks during practice, one can enhance their game by correctly aligning yourself to the target line, giving their four-ball a run for their money.
1. Introducing Pace
This is an excellent practice for adjusting to the pace of the greens. Place an alignment stick on the ground away from the hole, just broader than the length of your putter grip. Try to hit the putt with one golf ball such that it has enough speed to reach the hole without touching the stick. Repeat for uphill, downhill, and across-the-hill putts to have a good feel for pace, especially before you play.
2. Shaping The Shot
If you have accessibility to a grass range, this is a great way to perfect your shot shaping. Place an alignment stick in the ground about four meters away from you, directly on your ball-to-target line. This is intended to simulate the sensation of having a tree on your line and needing to shape the ball around it.
See if you can hit two bullets that shape differently around the stick (one fade and one draw). Concentrate on starting the ball to the right or left of the stick and then shape it back. This practice is all about developing a feel and knowing how to modify the flight of your shots!
3. Strikes For Chipping
Here’s a chipping drill that’s comparable. Place the alignment stick on the ground, right outside your trail foot, facing your goal. Hit some chip shots in an attempt to avoid hitting the stick. This results in the surface but still downward strike critical for chipping.
4. Striking The Ball
In golf, what is the ideal angle of attack? It’s a key question, and if you answer correctly with a mid or long iron, the divot will begin immediately after you strike the ball. This can be practised with alignment sticks.
Place two on the ground: one to mark your ball position and the second, an inch closer to the target, to mark where the low point of your swing should be. Hit some strokes and use the sticks to see if you’re striking the ball with a downward angle of attack.
5. Chipping Method
One of the most common mistakes golfers make while learning how to chip in golf is flicking at the ball. They add too much wrist hinge during impact, and as a result, they lose control of their shot’s striking and distance.
One technique to help with this is to hold an alignment stick in your hands while you grip the club in practice, so the stick runs up past your left hip. The stick should never come into contact with the left side of your body during chipping. If you groove the action and then hit some chips, you should be able to build a more reliable chipping approach.
6. Golf Swing Analyzer
This is an excellent one to use at the range or at home to improve the course of your swing. As you hold your grip, place an alignment stick in your hands such that it touches your lead hip in the address position.
Now, take a slow, deliberate practice swing, pausing at critical points to examine where the alignment stick points. The stick should point to the ground when you hinge your wrists in the backswing. The essential point to monitor is halfway through the downswing. The stick should be aimed slightly to the right of the target line.
This indicates whether you’re attacking the ball using an in-to-out path. The stick should be near to your left-hand side during impact, and it should not touch your body in the finish.
7. Alignment For The Long Game
This is the most obvious and possibly useful function of golf alignment sticks. Go to the range and set one stick on the line of your ball-to-target line; the alignment stick should be a few feet closer to the target than the ball. Once this is in place, insert a second stick parallel to the first to denote the position of your feet, hips, and shoulders. Assume your address stance, with your clubface, pointed squarely at the first stick and your body parallel to the ball-to-target line. Your club and body alignment should be excellent if you execute it correctly.
8. Bunker Striking
Most club golfers struggle with the idea of hitting the sand before the ball when it comes to bunker shots. This drill is useful for demonstrating where the club should penetrate the sand to hit consistent bunker shots.
9. Placing Alignment
Place two alignment sticks on the sand to mark the ball’s position concerning your feet and the other to designate where the club should enter the sand, based on your address position.
Remove the sticks from the bunker after pushing them into the sand to form two lines. Move away from the ball and take a few practice swings, aiming for the first line. Simply recreate the sensation of hitting the ball, and it should land softly on the green on a cushion of sand!
This is an excellent technique for improving the consistency of your stroke. Find a 15-foot putt with a decent amount of break on the practice green. Hit a few practice putts without the stick to get a sense of how the break looks.
Then, with the stick pointed in the direction you want the ball to roll, place it on the ground. Address the ball with your clubface and body aligned using the stick as a guide. Now, make a series of putts, being careful to always be in the ideal address position – this practice challenges you to establish solid fundamentals and commit to the line you’ve picked!
10. Swing Plane
This is an excellent technique for any golfer who struggles with an overaggressive golf swing. The alignment stick is inserted into the ground behind you at a 45-degree angle (the angle of your club shaft at the address should be nearly the same).
You can put the stick through a basket if you’re at the range. When you return the club to the point where you introduced your wrist hinge, the angle of the club shaft should equal the angle of the alignment stick. The club should then pass under the plane of the alignment stick as you swing down. This will produce the ‘in-to-out’ swing path that many beginner golfers struggle with.