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DON’T “FINISH” AT THE TARGET!!!
By Deb Vangellow, LPGA Master Professional, Sweetwater Country Club, Houston, Texas
We have all heard it. When getting information about aim and alignment, we often hear to “finish facing your target”. Don’t do it…you will likely hit a shot that will not end up on line!
Yes, finishing with your belt buckle facing the target line is stopping short of the full completion of the swing circle. When you finish a good golf swing, your belt buckle will actually be facing LEFT of your target if you have completed the swing circle. The ball will track towards the target on the line you established in your set-up position, but your body will not finish facing the target. If it does, it could result in a shot that leaks to the right of the intended target.
Understand that the target line is the “ball target” and the parallel line you have lined up your body on is the “body target”. The two lines are parallel at address and remain so during the swing motion, but it is just the golf ball that (hopefully) ends up on the “ball target” line you established.
Ideally, you will end up in a balanced finish position, facing the “body target” line you set at address, clearly left of the ball target line. The swing circle motion has been completed, allowing both the operator and the equipment to hit a shot “on line” to the target!
Understanding this very thing has been instrumental for improved aim/alignment/result with my students. See if this perception change alters the directional reality of your golf shots!
Deb Vangellow is the Director of Instruction at Sweetwater Country Club in Houston, Texas. She is a two-time LPGA Central Section Teacher of the Year (2002 and 2009), an LPGA “Top 50” Teacher, a Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine “Top Teacher”, a US KIDS GOLF “Top 50 Kids Teacher”, and was continually featured in the now retired Golf For Women Magazine as a “Top 50” teacher. Deb serves as the National Vice President of the LPGA Teaching And Club Professionals and is a longtime lead instructor in the LPGA National Education Program. An educator/coach who offers wellness based developmental programming integrated into her “student centered” philosophy, Deb can be reached at 281-980-4100 X296 or online at www.debvangellowgolf.com.