Originally Published: June 13, 2012 7:33 p.m.
Many times golfers will hit a shot that may go to the left or the right of their target and assume something was wrong in the swing.
Often times the swing is fine but the "aim" or "alignment" is off. You have to be very careful and precise with your aim. That's why you see the pros on TV being very careful when lining up a shot or a putt.
A simple way to check your alignment is to lay a club down on the ground along your toe line when you are practicing and then step back behind the ball and see where the club is pointed. If you are off you will spot it very quickly. Next point the club on the ground at the target and THEN take your stance.
This may take a little practice because you will feel different over the ball but just after a few practice shots on the driving range you will make the adjustment.
Mack McCarley is the PGA Professional at the Antelope Hills Golf Course and a member of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.