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How Can Hip Alignment Effect My Golf Shot?If youre looking to hit a straight golf shot, then ideally you need to set up with your toes, knees, hips and shoulders parallel to the target line.




Achieving this in your address position will allow you to swing the golf club along the target line through impact and with your club face aiming down the target line as you do this, you will hit a highly accurate, straight golf shot, at the target.

In order to improve your accuracy when out on the golf course, work on achieving the correct hip alignment position in your address position. To do this place an alignment pole on the floor where you are going to strike the ball from, so that it is pointing at the target. You now need to set up with your toes parallel to this line, so place another alignment pole (or club) on the floor parallel to the first pole and on the side that you will stand. Set up so your toes are parallel to this.

Once you know that your toes are correctly aligned, take the alignment pole representing the target line and place it through the front belt loops of your trousers. This is showing you your hip position, or alignment. When you take up your address position, simply check that the alignment pole through your belt loops is parallel to the alignment pole across your toes. This now has your hip alignment in the correct position, parallel left of the target line. You are now in a great position to make your swing from.

As you swing the club head away from the golf ball, you will find it much easier to swing back along the target line and to keep the club head on plane throughout the swing. As you swing back down towards the golf ball youll find it much easier to swing the club head again along the target line and with a club face that is aiming down the target line at the target, you will now hit a much straighter golf shot.

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If you set up with your hips aiming left of the target, this means your hips are open and you will tend to swing the club head parallel to your hip position. As the club head moves through impact it will be travelling to the left of target, from the far side of the target line then across it as it strikes the ball, to the nearside, producing an out to in swing path. With a club face that is square to this swing path you will now hit a pull, a golf shot that flies straight left of target.

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If your hips are aiming right of the target at address, then the club head will be swung parallel to this position. This will see the club head moving from the inside of the target line, across it as it strikes the ball and on to the far side. The club head is now travelling on an in to out swing path and with a club face square to this you will now hit a push, or a shot that flies straight right of the target.

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Although hip alignment is important, it must be viewed in context. Alignment of the feet, shoulders and the club face all play an important part in the direction that your golf ball will travel.