There’s a lot written about how you should set up for a swing. Details about grip, stance, posture, ball position, and aim are all very important.
But the process of getting into that setup deserves mention, too. Here is one way to do it. It is the way I do it and it works well.
1. Set your grip on the club with both hands. Make sure your hands are oriented properly.
2. Stand behind the ball on a straight a line from the target across the ball to your eyes.
3. Take a side-step to the left, still looking straight ahead, but now at a spot to the left of the target.
4. Walk straight toward that spot, looking at it the entire time.
5. When you get next to the ball, and while still looking at the spot, turn your body to face the ball.
6. Now you may turn your head to face the ball, get into your stance, and drop the clubhead behind the ball with good posture.
You are aimed and ready to go.
Note that item 4 has two parts to it. One, you are looking at the spot to the left of the target, not the target itself. Two, you look at that spot the entire time you are approaching the ball and getting into your stance. Do not take your eyes off that spot too soon or you will lose the line.
You might think this method is imprecise. Most books will tell you to aim the clubhead first and then align your body to it. That, actually, is the imprecise way to aim yourself.
We have a keen human sense of aligning ourselves to a distant point that we can take advantage of here. You can learn how to align yourself this way with just a little practice.
Next week I will have another post that extends this method to complete the setup mentally.