With the golf season now fully underway, many people have found themselves out on the range working on their games. Along with enjoying the nice weather, we trying to find some sort of consistency to our game that will take it to the next level. So, as we have purchased a large bucket of range balls from the golf shop, we now find ourselves looking at a large practice range. But what are we working on? It seems that amateurs have the intention of improving their game but do not have a direction to their practice. The first way we can do this is by getting ourselves a couple of alignment sticks…

So, you might be asking yourself, “What is an alignment stick?” Well, it all started with some teaching professional that saw a rod at a local hardware store that was used to mark off areas during construction. They thought that it would be a great training tool for their students to align themselves while they practice. Now, these alignment sticks are a light four foot stick made of fiberglass that is very portable and now can be found in just about every professional’s bag on tour. There are companies out there such as TourStick or MoRodz Golf Alignment sticks that do make them at an affordable price. The price ranges from $5 to $12 depending on the company and the quantity. It’s as simple as going online to order these or they stopping by your local golf retail store. But maybe you want to do it the old fashion way and visit your local hardware store. Anyways, they are a very cheap way to focus our practice time and ultimately improve our game.

The purpose of an alignment stick is so that once we get to the range, we have an idea of where our target is. It seems that many of us get out there and just starting hitting balls with only a general area picked out on the range. The alignment stick now gives us a focused target such as a flag or specific direction that we want the ball to go. It will provide for consistent practice so that we are focused on each shot on where we want the ball to go. Along with a focused target, we can also use the alignment stick to properly set up to the ball with our feet and shoulders. This is essential for allowing our eyes to see how we should be aligned on each shot.

So, let’s make our practice time more valuable and before you go out to the range the next time, make sure we have an alignment stick in our bag. If we use it every time we hit the range, our golf game will be improving in the right direction…

Brett Bennett