Peter Knight: eye line during the swing

HOW your eyes are oriented is going to influence how you see the target and whether or not you are going to be able to move correctly.

WHEN setting yourself up, how your eyes are oriented is going to influence how you see the target and whether or not you are going to be able to move correctly and also orient yourself to the target properly.

When you set yourself up for this tip, the line on the ground from an alignment rod should point along the target line, that is the line running from my ball and the target.

When I set myself up with a square stance, I set-up so my feet, knees, hips and shoulders are all parallel to that target line.

I also want my eye line to be parallel to the target line, so when I am setting myself up to the ball my eyes are parallel to that line. My eye line is not tilted one way or the other.

When I swing the club back and through, I want my eye line to stay parallel to that same line. What I mean by that is I’m not tilting my head one way or the other as I go through my swing because that changes my visual orientation to the ball.

That will make it difficult for me to swing the club correctly, plus it will put a strain on my neck and back.

When you set yourself up, one check you can do is this:

Hold a club in front of your eyes. If your club appears to be parallel to the alignment rod on the ground, or to your target line, you are in business.

Your eye line will be parallel to the target.

Other ways you can do that is by having a look at yourself on video, making sure your eye line is parallel.

Once you get to something like putting it becomes absolutely critical. It is also really important for your full shots. 


Peter Knight

As one of only four Master Professional Coaches with the PGA of Australia, Peter Knight has a long track record of helping players whatever their age or ability level.

Peter applies the same care in coaching you as he does international teams and professionals.

All he asks is that you are prepared to put in a little practice to reap the rewards you want from your game.

 You can book lessons with Peter at Yarra Bend Golf Course either on the website www.yarrabendgolf.com or by calling (03) 9481 3729.

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