Take Shots Off Your Game With This Simple Aim Check

Picture 1. The club is not square to the intended target line, nor is it SITTING square to the ground.
Picture 1. The club is not square to the intended target line, nor is it SITTING square to the ground.

By Grant Kenny

Australian PGA Pro at Thornleigh Golf Centre

HOW many times do you see your chip shots finish wide of the flagstick? You’ve taken the time to study the angles of the green, the slope of the green, only to see your ball finish two metres from the pin.

If this sounds like you out on the course, it could be just one simple common error.

More often than not, it comes down to an incorrect lie of the club face. This happens through two factors, the club is not square to your intended target line, nor is it SITTING square to the ground.

Look at picture one taken from behind the golfer.

The toe of the golf club is pointing upwards. The club head is not sitting square to the ground.

Now look at the line on the golf ball in the picture. It is pointing straight ahead. However the pointer stick, which is attached to the club face, shows the club face is actually facing left of the target line on the golf ball. The club face is not square to the target line.

No matter how good your technique is, if you strike the ball with the club in this position you still create back spin however the ball will always go left of your target.

Picture 2. The ball is going left of target.
Picture 2. The ball is going left of target.

Observe picture two, which shows the line on the ball in flight is not going straight ahead, it is going left.

Now think of the effect this has out on the course. The longer the chip shot, the further left of the target you will finish.

But with a simple aim check of the club lie, you will fix this common error.

Picture three shows the club sitting square to the surface. The entire bottom edge of the club is flat on the ground as opposed to the club head in picture one where you can see the toe is pointing upwards.

Now see the effect this correct club lie has on the ball. The pointer is now matching the line on the golf ball, meaning the club face is now also square to the target.

Picture 3. The club is sitting square to the ground
Picture 3. The club is sitting square to the ground

The line of ball will now go straight, instead of left as in picture two.

The best way to perfect this aiming technique is to start with a 5 metre chip shot. Place your ball 2 metres from the green with a line on the ball pointing to your target, which is three metres onto the green.

Now place your club head sitting square to the ground and your club face square to the target line. Swing and watch the line on the ball in flight. If it is going left your aim is still off. Double check both the club head lie and the club face target line. Keep working on this simple aim check to help get the ball closer to the pin and walk off with a par save.

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Thornleigh Golf Centre, located in Sydney’s north, is one of the leading golf facilities in Australia with two levels of Golf Driving Ranges. The centre has been designed by golfers for golfers and has everything you need to improve your game whether you’re a single marker or a beginner just starting out. The team of AAA rated golf professionals is led by Steven Aisbett and includes Pete Hayhoe, Allan May, Ian Passwell, Jason Wood, Jeremy Ward and Grant Kenny.

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