The 2nd Key To Consistency: Set-Up Fundamentals

9 Responses

  1. Frostman says:


    I’m having trouble understanding why my feet should be perpendicular to the grooves of the club. The grooves are perpendicular to the target/landing spot.

    I’d believe your toe line or heel line should be perpendicular, but the feet should be parallel (back foot) to the grooves and then rotate the front foot outward to the 20 degree position.

    Your thoughts?


    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA says:

      Hi Frostman – as for the feet perpendicular to the grooves – what I was really referring to was an imaginary line from toe to toe, pointing out toward the target. Your description is right on – back foot square to the target line, front foot turned out 20 degrees. EJ

  2. Jim Merwin says:

    Hi Eric:
    Once again I am amazed by the high quality of the insights you freely offer those of us lucky enough to know about you and your approach to teaching golf. Thank you!
    I have included my latest (of many!) efforts to come up with a pre-shot routine that works for all shots, is memorable enough to recall in the stress of the tee box environment, is short enough enough to be practical and also combines your set-up advice with your target focus approach. Here is my current iteration.

    Summary of Routines (10-29-11, ver. 4)

    Swing: 70%-80%
    1. See it. (Picture the target and shape of the shot.)
    2. Feel it. (Practice the swing looking at the target.)
    3. G.A.S.P. it. (Set grip, alignment, stance and posture.)
    4. Relax as you Confirm it. (Take a last look at target.)
    5. EnTrust it. (Entrust your body to execute the shot.)
    6. Do it! Take me There!

    1. See it.
    2. Feel it.
    3. G.A.S.P. it.
    4. Relax as you Confirm it.
    5. EnTrust it.
    6. Do it! Take me There!

    When is your book on practice due out? I can’t wait.

    Thanks again,

    Jim Merwin

  3. Will Goodnow says:

    One thing I have trouble with is remembering to align the clubface with my irons. I take my grip and align what I think is a square clubface. It seems when I raise the club to eye level the face is always closed.

    When I square it up and return the club to the address position it looks way too open. It is messing with my mind. HELP!!!!

    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA says:

      Hi Will – I understand the challenge with proper alignment. It is the number one issue on the course. When you work on alignment there are actually THREE things to train: Your Eyes, Your Body, and Your Mind. First, you need to train your eyes to see the club face as square to the target. In my 5 Keys To Distance Training Program I have a drill using parallel clubs designed to do exactly that. Second, you need to train your body to take a square stance. That means feet, hips, and shoulders. Third, you need to train your mind to memorize the target in the correct position. It takes a good two weeks hitting every ball between parallel clubs to develop the habit of seeing the club face square, standing square, and swinging square to the line. But it is well worth the effort!

  4. Marion Esselink says:

    Would you mind tellling me how I would go about obtaining your other book that you mention in your 5 Keys to Distance book; the title is The Practice Effect: How to Groove A reliable, Automatic Swing You Can Trust?

    Thank you,
    Marion Esselink

    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA says:

      Hi Marion – thanks for your interest in The Practice Effect. We are working on final edits and filming the various lessons. I’ll let you know as soon as it is released! EJ

  5. Alec Humphreys says:

    This is the second part. i believe I missed the first part. How can I get it?

    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA says:

      Hi Alec, If you want to read past issues of the newsletters you can click on the navigation link under the banner on the site.