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UNDERSTANDING CLUBFACE

The club face position at the point of impact with the ball governs the direction of the golf shot. The club face (or leading edge of the club) should be at 90 degrees to the target, to permit the ball to fly straight towards the target. This is the most important part of any player’s game. 

To enhance your knowledge of club face it is a good idea to shape the ball from left to right or right to left.

 

For straight shots

Delivery position - on the backswing, this is when the club reaches parallel to the ground. The club face should be positioned at 12 o’clock or 90 degrees to the ground.

                

Impact position - club face hitting the ball with the club face 90 degrees to the target line.

Shake hands with the target - on the follow through, when the club reaches parallel to the ground. The club face should be positioned at 12 o’clock or 90 degrees to the ground.

                              

 The most efficient and consistent way to make the ball curve “on purpose” is to use the club face to adjust the flight of the ball.   

A closed club face, for a right hander will point to the left of target, your delivery and shaking hands with the target positions will now be at 11 o’clock, this club face position will make the ball curve from right to left.  These shots are called draw shots.

An open club face, for a right hander will point to the right of the target, your delivery and shaking hands with the target positions will now be at 11 o’clock. This club face position will make the ball curve from left to right. These shots are called fade shots.

 

Use a short swing to learn to shape the ball. Always alternate shots, draw straight and slice, to deliver precise feed back through analyzing the ball flight. These key positions will enable the player to allow the club face to do the work. This will create one consistent golf swing, rather than three different swings that compensate for poor club face position.