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Question on Pre-Swing Fundamentals:

Any tips on ensuring my shoulders are properly aligned when I address the ball?

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Aligning your shoulders can be tricky. It is not often that a student comes to the lesson tee and has his shoulders and feet lined up parallel. Regardless, your shoulders are much more important than your feet as they are connected with your arms which are swinging the club. While the average tour player may set their shoulders slightly open, I believe it is best for the average amateur to set them square. That way, it takes less talent and manipulation to bring the club back to the ball square. If your shoulders are square, when you are looking down at the ball you should be able to see your left bicep with your peripheral vision. Also, it is best to practice with a club on the ground that you can try to align your shoulders parallel to.

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