Our bodies are very smart. They know when we are misaligned and will do whatever it takes to get that ball back on target. Unfortunately, the result is often not pretty.
It is critical to ensure your alignment is spot on around the green. Precision is key. Unlike the fairway, around the green, our target is smaller. I always walk up to the green and check the lay of the land. My objective while up there, is to select the best landing spot for my ball. In this scenario, I can see a ridge that will send my ball downhill, left-to-right, so I’ll land it just on the ridge and let the slope take the ball to the hole.
I like to take practice swings at the ball for shots around the green. It is a great way to feel the shot to determine the length of the pitch stroke. As I am making these swings, I am visualizing the ball landing on my spot. I am continually focusing on the spot as I execute the shot.
So the next time you’re around the green, pay attention to your alignment and landing spots for more pars!