HOW TO HIT A GOLF BALL STRAIGHT: FACE AND PATH OF YOUR CLUBFACE IS THE KEY

If you want to hit a golf ball straight-as-an-arrow you need to understand how your clubface must contact your ball at impact.

This is one of the quickest ways to improve your golf swing.

“Face” describes the alignment of your clubface, whether your clubface is open, closed or square in relation to the ball at any point of the setup proceedings or, during the golf swing.

For example, when the toe of your clubface is in front its heel in relation to its path, the clubface alignment is considered closed.

When the heel of your clubface is in front of its toe in relation to its path, the clubface alignment is considered open.

The clubface alignment can be slightly, moderately or extremely open or closed.

When the clubface is squarely aligned at 90 degrees in relation to the ball, it is considered squarely aligned.

“Path” of the clubface means its swing path is out-to-in, in-to-out or parallel in relation to your shoulder line.

When the path of the clubface is aligned out-to-in, the elbow line (the imaginary line running across the inside creases of the elbows) will be aligned to the inside of the shoulder line (the imaginary line running across the shoulders.)

When the path of the clubface is aligned in-to-out, the elbows will be aligned to the outside of the shoulders.

The out-to-in and in-to-out paths can be slight, moderate or extreme.

In the event the shoulder line is parallel with the target line and the elbow line is aligned parallel with the shoulder line, the swing path of the clubface will be considered “on line.”  Some say “on plane.”

To what degree the face and path of the club are aligned when the clubface contacts the ball at impact will determine the direction and pattern of the golf shot

The ball flight, in turn, may be that of a fade, draw, slice, hook, push, pull, push-slice, pull-hook or straight ball flight alignment.

The speed and angle of the clubface will determine the respective distance and trajectory of the ball flight but not its direction and pattern.  

The best way to hit a golf ball straight-as-an-arrow is to lock-in a square alignment and an on line swing path of your clubface during your setup routine.

Then it just becomes a matter of assuming a comfortable stance to your ball, centering the sweet spot of your clubface to the back of the ball, aligning your shoulders parallel with your target line and executing a balanced golf swing.

The path and face of your club at impact will replicate their alignments at address and you will hit your golf ball on a straight path to your target, discounting wind conditions and elevation differences between your stance and your ball.

I have designed, developed and perfected more than 100 techniques to lock-in a square alignment and an on line swing path of the clubface during the setup routine and, in turn, hit a golf ball straight-as-an-arrow.

Many of these techniques are taught in such books as Hit It Dead Straight, DVDs and Special Reports.     

You will find information about how to lock-in a straight ball flight alignment at http://lockedingolf.com.

 Copyright © 2011 by Gordon Jackson–All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
About gjackson

Gordon Jackson, founder of Locked-in Golf Inc., author of Straight Shooting Golf and 11 other books on golf instruction, and who has written more extensively about golf mechanics then anyone in the history of the sport.