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10 Things Most People Don’t Know About How To Use Golf Alignment Sticks

You may have noticed many golfers carry a thin, bright colored stick with them. This is the magic wand that many high school and college students use to improve their swing. It is called golf alignment sticks. It is also widely used by several amateur golfers and golf tournament player for practicing their shots.

Golf being a tough sport requires a great amount of practice and patience to master the game. But with the help of alignment sticks you can improve your performance and swing it like a pro.

Alignment sticks are not only inexpensive but also versatile. Apart from improving your alignment, this training aid can be used in a number of ways to help you better your game. These humble slender sticks can be used to assist you in the following areas:​

  • Improve your posture.
  • Help you turn your hip and shoulder better.
  • Helps you to visualize proper alignment.
  • Chipping.
  • Putting.

Though alignment sticks cannot be used during the game, it can be used for your practice sessions. I strongly feel that golf alignment sticks are extremely beneficial for beginners who wish to improve their swing.

Hence I strongly recommend that you read the article carefully and learn about how to use golf alignment sticks in various practice drills for getting the best results.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial​

In order to follow this tutorial, you will most certainly require your golf kit equipped with the golf clubs and golf balls.​

I feel that practicing your shots on an actual golf course will help you get a clear idea about where you are firing your shots. If you have access to a golf stimulator, you can use the alignment sticks to practice your shots on it too.​

To put things in a nutshell, below is the list of things you will require:​

  • Golf clubs
  • Golf balls
  • Alignment sticks
  • And great amount of patience and practice

Step By Step Instructions

Let’s get started. The alignment sticks can be used in a number of different practice drills. These drills will help you to forgo the bad habits, instill the good ones and help you learn new tricks along the way.

Allow me to share with you ten drills I find particularly useful while practicing with golf alignment sticks.

Drill 1: Practicing Basic Alignment With Alignment Sticks​

There are a number of golfers that spend endless hours trying to perfect their techniques. But many a times they forget to spend time practicing the basics such as perfecting the alignment.

Working on your alignment builds your confidence as you are sure that you are set-up correctly to hit the shot successfully.​

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Steps by step instructions for this drill
  • Place two alignment sticks on the ground parallel to each other. Please leave a gap of 2-3 feet between each other.
  • Ensure that your body is parallel to the stick on the left.
  • Use the stick on the right as a reference ball flight line
  • Now lay the ball in the middle of both the sticks and use your golf club to hit a few shots.

Take a look closely at the divots as you may miss the target even if your alignment is correct. If this happens, the usual culprits are an inside-out or outside-in golf swing.

Drill 2: Practicing Backswing Plane With Alignment Sticks​

This drill is particularly useful for players who have the tendency be laid off or flat while performing a backswing. Using alignment sticks for this drill will definitely assist you in finding your ideal swing plane.

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Steps by step instructions for this drill
  • Insert six inches of the alignment stick into the ground at a 70 degree angle. Please note that the alignment of the stick is relative to the golfer and the golf club used.
  • At controlled pace, practice a couple of compact swings. The aim must be to get head of the golf club just out.
  • When you reach the half way point, make an effort to secure the shaft in your hands such that it points in the direction of the ball flight line.
  • Ensure that the swing plane does not interfere with the alignment stick.

After a fair amount of practicing you will reach a point where you will begin to hit the ball and also attain an upright posture, feel more on the plane and will also be able to notice the divots that are pointed towards your target.

Drill 3:  Practicing Downswing Plane With Alignment Sticks​

Many golfers at some point or the other would have definitely struggled with the “slice shot”. Though it is possible to play the slice shot intentionally, more often than not it happens due to a mishit.

If your downswing is more outside in, it results in a slice when you play with long clubs and causes a pull when you play with the short ones. This drill helps to correct this action​

​Steps by step instructions for this drill
  • Insert one alignment stick on the ground at a 30 degree or 40 degree angle. Ensure that it points towards your target.
  • Place another alignment stick approximately 2 feet away from the first stick.
  • Practice a few controlled and compact swings before starting to hit the ball.
  • Now position the club below the alignment stick and hit the ball.

In order to help you get a clearer picture and hit the ball well, image the driving range to be a baseball diamond. With continuous practice you will notice that your downswing is more inside out.

You may experience a pull while taking a swing initially. But do not be disheartened as you will get better after developing a rhythm.

Drill 4: Improving Your Hip Turn With Alignment Sticks​

If you are among those golfers who put their head down and over the ball, you are denying yourself the opportunity of doing a perfect turn. Also by doing this, golfers risk a higher tendency of sliding or swaying their hips. This drill will help players improve their turn.​

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​Steps by step instructions for this drill
  • Insert two golf alignment sticks on the ground such that is it is marginally outside your left and right heel.
  • Now initiate a backswing by allowing your shoulders and hip to turn. Ensure that your right hip is well within the two alignment sticks.
  • While doing the downswing, get your hips in the forward swing position.
  • Once you are ready to hit the ball your hips must be unwinding.
  • After executing the shot, majority of your body weight must be on your left hand side. Also ensure that you do not push the golf alignment sticks outside.

Drill 5: Improving Your Swing Plane With Alignment Sticks

If you are having trouble with your swing plane, practice this drill with alignment sticks.

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​Steps by step instructions for this drill
  • Place one alignment stick on the ground. This will act as a reference ball flight line.
  • Now hold the golf club and place one alignment stick in between your hand and the grip. You will notice that the stick will be over 12 inches in length. Make sure that the alignment stick extends out of the club and is just above your left hip.
  • Next initiate a backswing and ensure that the golf alignment stick which is in your hand points to the alignment stick that is placed on the ground. This will help you get a better understanding of whether you swing is upright or flat.
  • From this point forward, replicate the downswing and complete the shot.

Drill 6: Improving Your Spine Angle Retention With Alignment Sticks

In order to strike the ball consistently, it is important to have a good spine angle. The player must be able to retain the spine angle for best results. the below drill is ideal for all golfers who wish to improve their coiling, turning, ball striking actions.

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​Steps by step instructions for this drill
  • Place one alignment stick on the ground pointing towards the target.
  • Insert another alignment stick on the ground just behind where you are standing. Ensure that the tip of the alignment stick touches your tailbone.
  • Practice a few controlled and compact swings before starting to hit the ball.
  • Now position the club below the alignment stick and hit the ball.

In order to do the drill correctly you must maintain contact with the vertical golf alignment stick while performing your shot. if you lose contact with the vertical alignment stick, your spine angle will change. This will cause the ball to topple.

Drill 7: Improving Hitting The Ball Down With Alignment Sticks

If you wish to hit the ball down in an effective manner, then this drill is for you.

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Steps by step instructions for this drill
  • In order to get your stance correct, place one alignment stick on the ground such that it points towards the target.
  • Place another stick perpendicular to the first alignment stick.
  • Before hitting the ball, practice a couple of swings and attempt to take out the piece of divot lying before the stick.
  • If you are successful in doing so, attempt to hit a few half shorts using a 7-ron.
  • Place your hands slightly forward, cock your wrists and initiate the downswing with the help of your hips.

Drill 8: Improving Scooping The Ball Down With Alignment Sticks

This drill is meant for players who like to scoop the ball over the green bed of grass. It is similar to the drill mentioned above for improving your swing plane.

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Steps by step instructions for this drill
  • Begin by placing 60% of your body weight on the left leg and put your hands forward.
  • Try to make a half swing by turning away from the golf ball. While doing this step ensure that you only use your shoulders to move.
  • Initiate the downswing with the help of your shoulders and hips. Keep your hands forward so that you can hit the ball down easily.

The aim of this drill is to hit the ball such that the alignment stick does not hit your left hip.

Drill 9: Improving Hitting The Ball Straight With Alignment Sticks

If you are struggling to figure out how to start the ball so that it continues on the target line, then this drill is for you.

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​Steps by step instructions for this drill
  • Insert two golf alignment sticks vertically on the ground 12-24 inches away from each other.
  • The sticks must be placed in such a way that your target lies at the center of both the sticks
  • Now stand ten feet away from the alignment sticks and try to hit a field goal

Drill 10: Finding Your Swing Plane With Alignment Sticks

Many people often mistake the swing plane to be straight through and back. But what few people often realize is that the swing place is actually a big circle. Many golfers often find it difficult to find their swing plane and tend to swing outside-in instead of inside-out. The below drill will help you find your swing plane and also help you with directions.

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​Steps by step instructions for this drill
  • Insert two alignment sticks, 6-8 feet apart, on the ground. Incline the sticks at an angle which is similar to the angle at which your shaft has been set up.
  • Now swing your golf club.

If you notice that your golf club is touching the rear alignment stick while doing the back swing then it means that you are laid off or flat. If you notice that your golf club is hitting the left alignment stick while doing the downswing then it means that are going to hit a slice.

In order to know that you are on plane, the shaft of your club must be parallel to the right alignment stick when you reach the midpoint of your backswing. It must also be parallel to the left alignment stick at your finishing point.

Conclusion

Success does not come without perseverance. Hence if you wish you see visible results, do not forget to practice these drills with the help of golf alignment sticks at least 3-4 days in a week. Each drill should be ideally repeated for 5-10 minutes.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the article and in the process learnt how to use golf alignment sticks for your practice drills. I wish you all the very best to take your game to the next level with the help of these drills. Please do feel free to share the article and leave any comments.

Lydia Lim
 

My name is Lydia Lim, and I am a proud mother of one beautiful boy called Jack. I’ve been blessed with a happy and fulfilling life, and I am as happy as I can be. My hubby is a passionate golfer, and he introduced me to the sport in September, 2014. Since that day, I fell in love at the first swing.

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