Author: Hack Alexander, Golf Stuff that’s Worth Digging For
Feet First: OK, you’ve gone out and spent at least a C-note on that new set of spikes, and they fit like a dream, but your golf game still sucks, and your back still aches. Could be a congenital problem with your move–consult a professional–but then again, the problem could rest right there on the soles of your feet. Most people don’t have the scratch to wear custom-made shoes, so we slog around with fallen arches and horrible ankle-to-knee alignment, which leads to all kinds of balance issues and restricted or sloppy motion during the golf swing. That’s where the good folks at ALINE come in. They’ve developed an orthotic device that will instantly put your feet in line with the rest of your skeletal structure, and trust us, you’ll feel the difference right away when you take your stance over the ball and take a few swings. After a 10-minute in-store fitting session using a laser-equipped device that looks like a shoe store’s measuring guage, ALINE’s technicians will dial in the amount of offset between the middle of your ankle and knee (I was found to be slightly collapsed in the arches). They’ll then fit you with the properly adjusted, suspension orthotic device that slips into any pair of rigid-sole shoes after you remove the flimsy, worn-out foam or leather liner that came with it (which you should immediately chuck in the garbage). They’re a revelation for any athlete–ALINE has developed models for mountain climbers and Olympians–but for golfers they’re amazingly comfortable and stabilizing. I now feel so steady over the ball and have experienced such an improvement in every department–straighter irons and drives, better balance through the bag–that I’m consistently shooting in the low 80s after struggling in the upper 80s to low 90s. This is a simple biomechanical juggernaut that will change you life. If golf is a game of inches, the ALINE system also proves that its a question of millimeters, and when it comes to lower body alignment, every one counts.