Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The Truth About Ball Flight
Why things happen the way they do in the golf swing
|This Article Features Photo Zoom|
At some point in the swing, your hands will, in fact, release. But forcing your hands to flip over is never a good idea because it leads to all sorts of inconsistent shot directions and ballflights. Also, any manipulating of a free-flowing swing is a detriment to your ability to swing the club freely on an arc. Instead, I want you to be more aware of how your body is turning through the shot and use your body to influence the direction the golf ball flies, not necessarily the hands.
When I see a lot of hand action in some of my students, it's usually because they're trying to manipulate their ballflight. That's a big no-no!
TRUTH: ALIGN THE CLUBFACE WHERE YOU WANT THE BALL TO START
Here's another way to look at it. The relationship the clubface has with the path the clubhead travels on is of utmost importance. To hit a fade, which starts to the left of the target and curves to the right, you have to align the clubface to the left of the target and swing on a path that's even more to the left! So many times, I've seen people assume they need to align their clubface open to the target line and swing across it from outside-inside the target line. When you do that, what do you think happens? Yep, a lot of push slices and hosel rockets.
That, folks, is one of the biggest misconceptions I've seen from golfers who struggle with shaping their shots. To hit a draw, you basically do the same thing in reverse. Start by aligning the face in the initial direction you want the ball to go, which is to the right of the target line, and proceed to swing the club on a path that's even further to the right than the angle of your clubface. Do that, and you'll hit draws all day long!
Page 2 of 5