There are some obvious aspects that most golf types understand that are crucial to their golf swing.
You have to get a good grip of the club with both hands.
You have to stand parallel to the aim line.
Now other than a few of the more obvious aspects, ,most golfers don’t often get where to go from this point on. They will hit a clear slice and then say something like “my face had to be open” or “I just didn’t turn my damn hips” or some other such nonsense that doesn’t really get into the real cause of what happened or the why. They will work on their wrists and more than likely even the club release, as well as turning over their hands, not to mention several other things that Don is going to show you are similar to learning how to dunk even though you can’t touch that darn rim. You can’t teach a beginner golfer any of those shi-shi wrist action techniques when they aren’t eve facing away the target or properly holding the club .But enough of that, let’s dip into the first part of the lesson.
These definition are incredibly simple, and yet they aren’t. Anyone, with one quick read through can pick these up and yet… nobody ever seems to talk about them. Someone may be having an issue with a slice (let’s say N in the definitions list), and someone responds with ‘that means your club face is open’. That is so ambiguous and likely the reason for so much of the confusion in the golf teaching industry. There is a need to be clear and concise. The golfer with the slicing problem will think, “hmmm, yeah, my face is facing away from the target”. So they square it up perfectly to the target and realize it’s still slicing (K – a straight slice). Then the golfer thinks ‘WTH, I squared the club face up” so they overdo it, and begin to close the face. Now they have issue L, a huge pull slice slice. They went from a push slice, to a straight slice, to a pull slice (which 90% of weekend golfers have probably gone through). All because of an ambiguous tip that can be left up for interpretation. Unfortunately debates rage on over the great golf instruction of the world like Ben Hogan 5 Lessons because of it. I will aim to be as clear and concise as possible here to eliminate any ambiguity.
The club face angle at impact is responsible for the ball’s initial direction.
The club face angle RELATIVE TO THE SWING PATH is responsible for any spin put on the ball (slicing the ball, hooking the ball, straight, etc).
This is crucial. If you do not understand this, you cannot ever understand how to fix your own golf swing.
Check out this awesome video that will show you in slow motion that more than anything else, face angle at the point of impact is the main reason behind initial direction and not necessarily the path.
Next Time we are going to cover the Hip Swing.