"Alignment" refers to the way a golfer positions himself relative to the golf ball - his feet, knees, hips and shoulders should all be lined up square (parallel) to the target line. Another way of putting it: "alignment" refers to a golfer's aim, and his body must be aligned properly to carry out that aim. A golfer can make the perfect swing, but if his alignment is off, the ball won't go where he wants it to. Poor alignment sometimes plays a role in creating slices
; and - obviously - if your alignment has you pointing somewhere other than straight down the target line, you are less likely to hit the ball on that target line.
So, what does proper alignment look like? Our step-by-step guide to a good golf setup leads off with aligment, so take a look.
Also Known As: Sometimes used interchangeably with "aim"