The Truth About Ball Flight

Why things happen the way they do in the golf swing

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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!


The truth in slice-fixing (or hook-fixing, for the matter) is understanding what actually happens at the moment of truth. As I alluded to on the previous page, the clubface is what primarily determines the initial direction the ball flies. The path is what influences the spin axis to either the left or right, meaning, you can easily hit slices and hooks with a square clubface relative to the target line at impact. I know, I've seen many of my students do it over and over again.

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.

In order to hit a fade, for instance, what I want you to do is always start by aligning the clubface so it's aiming where you want the ball to start, which in this case is left of the target. Then, you need to make sure the path of the clubhead is further to the left than the face is aligned. And, get this, even though the clubface is open to the path, it's closed relative to the target line!

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!


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