2004-12-03 / Sports


By Ellen Fortson

Ever wonder why you can’t seem to hit the golf ball consistently? You probably tried to self diagnose your swing and found your golf game turning into the twilight zone. But according to Scott Amey, all you might need to do is to check out your alignment.

Columbia Country Club’s assistant golf professional Scott Amey played golf in college for the East Stroudsburg University golf team in Pennsylvania while studying as an English major. He wanted to be an English teacher, but when he began teaching swing techniques on the golf course, one thing led to another.

“Alignment and consistency go hand in hand,” the teaching pro confirmed. “Alignment should be included in every golfer’s pre–shot routine, not just the swing. I can’t emphasize it enough. When in doubt, always check your alignment.”

Scott insists that half the battle of mastering the game of golf is focusing on the target, with your mind and body. Forget the quick fixes that band–aid the bumps and bruises of slices, hooks, and anything in between. Refocus on fundamentals like good alignment.

“Place a club, any extra club out of your bag, just in front of your toes as you address the ball,” Scott instructs in an exercise for alignment.

“Step back. Where is the club facing? Were you lined up at the green? If your feet are on line, it will line up your hips and shoulders to the cup. Even if your swing is off, good alignment will allow your ball to go towards the target. A good line up means consistency. Can you draw the line from the club to the target? If so, you’ve got consistency.”

Scott suggests asking a golf buddy to help you check your alignment. Many men and women pro golfers ask their caddies for alignment guidance. Golf alignment takes a proofreader.

“You can be hitting the ball great, but if you don’t set up in the right direction, sooner or later, you’ll come back to the fundamentals,” Scott reminds his students.

CAUTION: The Tee Box

Don’t let misaligned tees fool you! Forward–tee markers are not always set up in the right direction. Scott reminds all golfers, whether you are trying to break 100 or 70, to check your aim from behind your ball at the tee box and aim for the middle of the fairway. When making the golf swing, your body controls the path of the club.

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