Whenever you swing a golf club, even if you don’t understand or recognize it, you are applying a clubface motion. The problem is that most golfers have not been taught how to apply the correct Clubface Motion for the shot at hand. In fact, almost no one discusses or attempts to explain this concept in depth.
Initial Ball Direction
Depending on the club being used, the initial direction the ball flies is 80% – 95% due to the direction the clubface is pointing at that time the golf ball leaves the clubface.
During the impact interval, which is the time that the golf ball is in contact with clubface, the golf ball is in contact with the clubface for only ¾ of an inch.
High speed measuring tools have also shown that during the impact interval the clubface degrees of opening or closing are only 1-2 degrees. The bottom-line and the point to be taken from this is that at impact your clubface needs to be pointing in the direction of where you desire the ball to start.
Doors to Success
There are three motions that the clubface can be making from Impact to Follow-Through. As a reminder, Follow-Through is the point where both arms are straight after Impact and the Clubshaft is 45 degrees to the Plane Line on the target side of the ball. There are 3 motions that the Clubface can make:
- Like a saloon door opening and closing
- Like a pet door
- A motion between the saloon door and the pet door
Controlling the Clubface and the golf ball means, controlling the game.
Ball Flight Curvature
Shots that curve — draws, fades, hooks, and slices — result from a difference (divergence) between where the clubface is pointing and the direction of the clubhead path when the ball leaves the clubface.
Curvature is a matter of degree — literally
More curvature is a result of a greater divergence (measured in degrees) between the clubface direction and clubhead path. For example, a giant slice is due to a clubface that’s severely open to the clubhead path.
Golfers who follow our simplistic approach to teaching and learning this Key will learn and experience:
- Clubface is direction
- Clubhead path is curvature
- Apply the correct clubface motion for a particular shot
- What the degrees and how to use to your advantage
- A predictable ball flight that best fits you
- Trajectory control
- Improved ball control
- Two Simple cues that will have you:
- Achieving this Key
- At impact
- Through the ball
- Drills to assure:
- The correct application
- Create your own feel
- Curve the golf ball
- Continued maintenance
- Continued improvement
- Developing the correct habit