Editor's note: Each week, Megan Padua, a teaching professional at Maidstone Club (East Hampton, N.Y.) and Belfair Plantation (Bluffton, S.C.), and one of Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers, offers tips and advice for women golfers.
By Megan Padua
Since the clubface controls where the golf ball will go, it's important to set up square to the target line.
The shape of some clubs can make this challenging. If you look at the image to the left, when the face is square, the leading edge, indicated by the red line, is parallel with the stick on the ground. If the club is in the correct position at address, the shaft should lean slightly forward, so it's ahead of the white stick. This is the way the club was designed, but many golfers confuse the purpose and try to make the shaft look centered (in line with the white stick) causing them to sacrifice the position of the face. So the next time you practice, lay down an alignment rod on the ground. If you set it down correctly, the butt of the club should lean forward of your belt buckle on all shots, as shown below.