I am in the pro column for using alignment sticks. I have practiced with them for years. However, prior to buying a set six years ago, I used clubs to facilitate the same thing. So, Why did I buy a set of alignment sticks, that is a great question!
The simple answer is that they were on sale at the time and work the price of five dollars. But, before that I had been looking for this training aid because I needed something that produce a perfect right angle. The right angle was the key to improving my alignment and ball position. Additionally, I stepped on my clubs a few times over the years and I figured it was cheaper to replace the alignment sticks than a new club.
The other day I was hitting balls in my garage and felt that my ball position was a little off. So I dug out the alignment sticks to check things out. As it turned out, I was out of position and quickly fixed this challenge.
The alignment sticks provided a perfect solution and I started hitting balls better and on line. It really was a simple fix and I will keep them handy moving forward. Interestingly, I found another usage for my alignment sticks that I think is important to share.
This training aid also helps work on hand position. If you have wandering hands a setup, you will find that alignment sticks offer a visual reference that help ensure your hands are in the same position over and over again. This specific piece of information is critical if you want to hit consistent, solid shots. Take a look at what I mean:
My visual cue is I just start to see the orange alignment stick at the base of my grip. By doing this, I know that my club head and club face are in the position I need to hit my 7 iron where I want to. Of course, this visual cue will change depending on the club in your hand. But I think you get the point. I find this piece of information very helpful and use it routinely.
Alignment sticks have many uses. They are a great tool for my golf game and I plan to use them more often in the future. Any process that helps me develop a solid pre-shot and swing routine has great value to reaching my goal as a scratch golfer.
Do you use alignment sticks?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!