I struggle with alignment, and often see the term “parallel left.” What does that mean? What is “parallel left?”
The railway line illustration is often used to explain this, but every set of railway tracks I have every looked down always seem to narrow down to a single point in the distance. If this is “parallel left” then it would mean that at anything over about 150 yards my toe/shoulder line would be pointing directly at my target. That cannot be right, can it?
Whenever I watch the pros on TV, and the camera angle is from down-the-line, it appears as if their shoulders are pointing visually nearly as far left as their feet are from the ball. Over 150 yards, that is WAY left of target. Is that “parallel left”, because it sure isn’t truly parallel to anything?
We are told to set our feet/shoulders parallel to an imaginary line between the ball and an intermediate target, but doesn’t that get us back to those railway tracks again?
I would love to learn from others how they align themselves, and where their shoulders are pointing when properly lined up.