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Golf Tips: Eyes and thighs are key to golf shot consistency

By: Shawn Kelly
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When we discuss aim for a full golf shot, there are two parts of the body that should be considered — your eyes and thighs. This is because if you understand these two body parts and how they work, you can set up to be more in balance and consistently hit more playable shots.

When we aim a golf shot we are trying to square the body to a parallel line, called the target line. The correct place to see this line is from behind the ball, when looking toward the target and trying to draw an imaginary line between the ball and target. 

When you can see this imaginary line in your mind, step toward the ball and set your club’s leading edge perpendicular to the line first. Then set your eyes and thighs square or parallel to this line and you will be in a great position to make a full swing. If you are set up too closed or too open you will not be able to make a balanced swing.

Your eyes are the trickiest to understand. If they are not exactly parallel to the target  line, the rest of your body will tend to be offline. You need to slow your routine down just a little so your eyes can adjust to the line and then set your body parallel to the line feeling comfortable and balanced. 

Remember that when you are sure that you are square to the line, it usually will not look square when you look up to the target. This optical illusion is one of the biggest problems for golfers of all levels. Trust your process and you can trust aim and your swing.

The thighs are the easiest to check the parallelism to the line. Once you have set up to the ball, take your club and lay the shaft flat across your thighs. You should then see that the club is perfectly parallel to the target line. 

If it isn’t, you need to open or close your hips and legs until your thighs are perfectly square. It may look or feel awkward at first, but you must trust this set-up to be consistent. After few hundred repetitions, you will begin to believe! Your legs are the foundation of the swing. If the base or the foundation is out of position it will be difficult to swing to balance.

When I am working on my square-ness these are my two concerns — “eyes and thighs.” If they are correct the ball will usually go where I intended. Give these tips a try the next time you’re out playing and watch your playable shots improve