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Understand your Ball Flight

In the intricate world of golf, mastering the flight of your ball is akin to deciphering a complex puzzle. Each shot tells a story—a tale of trajectory, spin, and distance—that, when understood, can transform your game. Why is it crucial to comprehend your ball flight and its causes? Your ball flight is a diagnostic tool, revealing insights into your swing mechanics. Is the ball slicing viciously to the right? Perhaps your clubface is open at impact. Is it hooking left? Your swing path might be too inside-out. By observing the flight pattern, you diagnose the underlying issues affecting your shot. This knowledge empowers you and your coach to make targeted adjustments, leading to consistent improvement. Let's delve into this fundamental aspect of golf and its main components.

The Strike Location

It's not the most influential factor on where the ball starts unless you are hitting from thehosel or toe end, but we need to be striking more towards the centre consistently as striking from different parts of the face will change the starting direction, trajectory and overall, the distance the ball travels. Make sure you monitor your strike location during practice sessions and look out for contact points on the club during your round. A benefit of cleaning your clubs!

The Clubface

This is the King when it comes to where the ball starts. Trackman Golf states that the clubface is 85% responsible for where the ball starts with a driver and 75% responsible with an iron. So increasing awareness of your start line by putting a cane in the ground on your target line that will help give you feedback on your clubface at impact during practice. The Club Path As just discussed in the previous section, the clubface sends it, but it’s the club path that curves the ball. Club Path is the direction the club head is moving (right or left) at impact and is measured relative to the target line.

The Face to Path

Relationship Face-to-path is the difference between the face angle and the club path at impact. For a right-handed golfer, a negative face to path would represent a face angle that is “closed” to the path(ball usually curving left)and a positive face to path would represent a face angle that is “open” to the path(ball curving right).A zero face to path represents a face angle and club path that have the same value and usually gives a fairly straight flight. So, face to path is a key factor in determining the expected curvature (spin axis) of a golf shot.

Assuming centred contact, the ball should curve towards the face angle and away from the club path (if the face to path is not equal to zero).In summary, once you can start to understand the above you then have the key to adjusting your game on the fly. The skill to be able to adjust your swing on the golf course and to improve the flight is ahigh-level skill for most golfers but a key one for those looking to be

in that single figure handicap club. Ball flight understanding ultimately gives you context to your practice sessions, ensuring any changes that you are making are having a direct influence on impact and in turn intended ball flight.

If you require further clarity on the above, or wish to understand why you hit certain shots...please reach out to us below.

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