Today 2012 PGA Of America Teacher Of The Year Michael Breed steps in to give us a lesson on the proper use of alignment sticks. You can catch up with Michael on his Sirius XM radio show on the PGA Tour channel — New Breed Of Golf as well as his Course Record show on the CBS Sports Network that airs on Mondays at 11 a.m. and again at 9 p.m.
Alignment sticks have become very popular on practice ranges all over the world. If you’re a serious student of the game, you probably own a pair of alignment sticks. And therein lies Michael’s first of five key things you need to use when you practice — use both sticks.
In today’s video, Michael will first set up the sticks parallel to each other — the old “railroad track” image. He’ll show how to use that for proper body lines — and body lines are ULTRA-IMPORTANT in your setup.
Michael will also show how to use the sticks to be sure your club-face is square to your target. Too many players address the ball without a square club-face then wonder why their shots have gone astray.
Finally, Michael shows how to use the sticks for proper ball position in your stance.
So just to review:
Always use two alignment sticks.
Set them parallel so that you can use them to properly check your body lines — feet, hips and shoulders.
Use the sticks to properly align your club-face.
And finally, use them for the all-important position of the ball in your stance. Michael showed us how to position the ball for high faces and for lower draws.
It was a special treat to have Michael instructing us today. He became a national phenomenon during his time on The Golf Channel and when he appears to the PGA Merchandise Show, he draw crowds like a rock star.