It is important to understand that the angle of the clubface will influence a golfers’ ability to get into a proper impact position. Athletic instinct will always compensate in order to position the face squarely (or as squarely as possible!) at contact. Thus, a square clubface will allow any golfer to naturally assume a world class impact!
There are three good check points that occur prior to impact to observe the position of the clubface. As these check points get closer to impact they tend to have a greater effect not only on the impact position, but also the outcome of the shot. Here they are:
- Here the face is looking more towards the sky than is optimal
Ideally the clubface should be vertical to slightly tilted down here with the clubhead covering the hands.
- In this situation the clubhead has lagged a little behind the hands and arms with a slight draggy start to the swing
-The arms are moving in and close to the body as the handle stays inside the clubhead
At the top of the backswing:
- Also notice the cupping in the back of the left wrist
- The left wrist position is quite flat and may even become bowed
- The weight will invariably stay back as the golfer tries to position the body to aid in squaring the face
-There must be a loss of body angles through the hit in an attempt to deter the face from flipping closed
-Practice hitting high, cut up 8-iron shots that travel 50 yards to overcome this fault
Here are two important tidbits to remember when it comes to your clubface: The grip is the primary determinant of clubface angle and a Swingyde (mention keyword RICE for a discount) is a helpful teaching aid when working to improve your clubface position
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