Alignment and ball position are directly related. People have such a hard time lining up and it really is not that difficult. Don’t keep your head down but keep looking up at your target to make sure you can swing the entire body through the shot. If you are too open you will have to scoop the shot to get the ball in the air and if you’re closed you will have to pull your arms around your body usually resulting in a hook.
Looking down the target line we now need to line up correctly. Do not commit your body until you get your club in position. Remember the club is hitting the ball and you are swinging the club. From behind the ball, look at the line of flight which you want your ball to follow. Then, step to the side of the ball and place the face of your club on this line. Now position your body parallel to that line, your body should be to the left of the target. Flex the knees, bend at the hips and let the arms hang naturally. There will be a slight tilt in the shoulders as one hand is lower than the other, do not exaggerate this tilt. There should also be angle formed by the club shaft and your arms.
No matter what you club you use the club face needs to be on the target line and not your body. Make sure your club sits flat on the ground, not up on the heel with the toe in the air. The lie angle of the club is also very important.