Now that you understand how your swing path and clubface affects the ball flight.
It’s time to understand how to control your golf ball and become a better golfer?
With the help of modern technology it has been determined that the clubface direction
(where the face of the club is pointing at impact) rather than your swing path is the key influencer of the initial direction of the golf ball.
Additionally, your swing path, in relationship to the clubface direction, determines how much curve or spin is put on the golf ball.
There are three different relationships between the clubface and the swing path at impact:
- Pointing in the same direction as the swing path ( we refer to this as square )
- Pointing to the right of the swing path ( we refer to this as open )
- Pointing to the left of the swing path ( we refer to this as closed )
Results have demonstrated that upwards of 80% of your initial ball flight direction is determined by the clubface direction and the other 15%-20% is influenced by the relationship between the clubface direction and swing path.
The greater the difference between the clubface direction and the swing path at impact, the larger the amount of curve is imparted on the ball.
For example, have noticed someone slice the ball and they’re advised to aim more left?
This fundamentally shifts the swing path more left and can result in the clubface direction to become much more open in relationship to the swing path.
As a result, in accordance with what controls the ball flight, you have a path that’s traveling much more left and a clubface that is directed more right of the path (open).
The ball flight will start left and have a large curve off to the right ( or the dreaded banana slice ).
This leads to much more slice, more distance lost, and more accuracy lost.
Simply by altering your swing path to correct this problem, you happen to be missing the boat, due to the fact only about 15%-20% of the golf ball direction is affected by the swing path.
If you wish to hit it straight, the face of the club need to point along the swing path.
Using this knowledge you are in control of your own swing and your golf game improvement.
You can easily make on the spot corrections, just as the good players do.
The next time you play a round or visit the driving range, pay attention to the golf ball flight.
The ball flight will provide lots of feedback about your clubface direction and your swing path.
Control your clubface and swing path and take control of your golf ball.
Video That Explains Ball Flight Laws:
9 Different Ball Flights
Swing Path Clubface Ball Flight
(relative to target line) (relative to swing path)
|In-to-Square-to -In||Square||The ball will start straight and stay straight|
|In-to-Square-to -In||Open||The ball will start straight and curve right|
|In-to-Square-to -In||Closed||The ball will start straight and curve left|
|In-to-Out||Square||The ball will start right and stay right|
|In-to-Out||Open||The ball will start right and curve right|
|In-to-Out||Closed||The ball will start right and curve left|
|Out-to-In||Square||The ball will start left and stay left|
|Out-to-In||Open||The ball will start left and curve right|
|Out-to-In||Closed||The ball will start left and curve left|
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Until next time,
Have A Great Round!