Aiming properly parallel to your target is a prerequisite to making any lasting improvements to your swing.
Take your stance and aim at a very specific target.
1) First, you need to test your aim to see if it is faulty.
Lay an alignment stick, or club, along your toes and along your target line.
Check to see if the stick you laid down on your toes is actually pointed parallel left of your target.
If the stick is not pointed parallel left of your target, start practicing shots with the following practice station:Lay an alignment stick, or club, on the ground just outside your golf ball pointing directly at the target.
2) Lay another alignment stick, or club, close to your toes and place it parallel to the other stick.
3) Leave both alignment tools on the ground (being careful not to move them), walk back behind the ball 10-15 feet and double-check the relationship of the two lines.
The two lines should be EXACTLY parallel (like railroad tracks), with the one on the right pointing at the target and the one on the left pointing left of the target.
Aiming properly parallel may seem a bit tricky at first, but using a practice station with alignment sticks will help ensure proper alignment and remove the need to develop compensations in your swing, thereby enabling you to make lasting improvements with the help of your coach.
For more information and a closer look at proper alignment, check out the video below.