Two Key Factors in Ball Control

When your club head strikes the ball it will be swinging along the target line, across and to the right or across and to the left of the target line.  If your club head is out the the right of the target line it’s considered inside-out and if it’s swinging to the left it’s considered to be on and outside-in path.  Your club head path through impact will influence 85% of the side spin imparted and 15% of the initial direction and flight of your golf ball.

Club Face alignment relative to the path is the marriage to consistent ball control.

Of the four impact conditions the clubface alignment will have the greatest influence (85%) on the starting direction and only 15% affects the spin.  This statement is approximate as it doesn’t consider the ball-clubface contact point. Toe and heel hits will affect the spin in some capacity based on the gear effect design of the equipment.

The fact that we stand to the side of the ball encourages the golf club to swing back then gradually inward and upward, basically in the shape of an arc.  This is referred to as an incline plane and the angle of this plane is based on the length of club.  At the same time the club face is rotating with the plane angle during the back swing and during the down and through swing.

With the support of the current technology we have identified the facts behind the ball flight laws and how the average tour player uses the golf club to produce the most repeatable, powerful golf shots!

The average tour players’ impact conditions using a 6 iron…

  1. Club path relative to the target line: inside-out 3 degrees
  2. Face angle relative to target line: 1 degree open

The difference between the path and face angle determines the face alignment relative to the path.  Based on these conditions the face is 2 degrees closed to the path and therefore this set of impact alignments produced a draw spin (right-to-left) for right hand players.

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