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ALIGNMENT TAKE GOOD AIM Alignment plays no small role in The Foundation. Most golfers at one time or another will set up closed at address, some regularly. That is, their feet and shoulder line will be aimed either directly at or to the right of their target. The clubface will be even farther right. Even if all the other Foundation elements are on point and a good swing is made, the ball is going to go to the right of the target. However, Vining believes we all have an internal GPS, and, knowing instinctively that we are misaligned, we make an effort to bring the club to the ball on the target line. Which means the club is re-routed in the downswing and brought outside to inside the target line. Almost invariably the result is a pulled or a sliced ball flight. Vining teaches the classic railroad track alignment at address; that is, the clubface is square on the target line, and the feet, waist and shoulder lines are parallel to that, which is to say left of the target. Now, not having to make any un- toward adjustments in the downswing, you can swing easily. The shot is better, and there is no back strain. KNEE FLEX A LITTLE IS JUST ENOUGH Swinging the club around your body puts it on the path to the most consistently effective ball striking. Vining likens this rotation to a spinning world globe. You begin to achieve this with the degree of knee flex you assume at address. Golf instruction has long advocated some knee flex, but Vining feels that most golfers flex too much. "With a deep squat of the knees," she says, "full hip rotation in the back- swing is limited. The big muscles are blocked and subjected to two negative stresses, com- pression force and sheer force. I teach a soft flex, a slight, relaxed bend at the knees." Her student, Jack Wright (pictured), demonstrates this perfectly. NCGA.ORG | FALL 2018 41

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