UNDERSTANDING IMPACT BASICS

If you wish to change or improve your technique, you must first grasp exactly what factors generate the various ball flights you see.

Swing path and target line
The club laid down here indicates my target line, with my body aiming parallel to that. Ball flight depends on what your swing path does in relation to that target line and what the clubface does in relation to swing path.

It’s important to grasp exactly what your clubface is doing in relation to swing path at impact

Assuming that your swing path isn’t exaggerated one way or the other, to achieve a straightish shot, your clubface must be neither too open nor closed at impact.

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Draws and fades
If you’re looking to draw the ball into the target, your path will need to move from in to out in relation to the target line, while your clubface will need to be closed to that path, yet still open to your target line.

For a fade, your path must move across your target line to the left, with the clubface remaining open to that path yet still closed to the target line.

The clubface is square at impact in this shot

The clubface must remain open to the target line when trying to hit a draw – if it’s closed to the target line you’ll hit a hook; similarly, if your club is open to the target line when trying to hit a fade, you’ll end up with the dreaded slice.

Because you’re always standing to the side of your target line, your club can only be moving straight to target at one point – the low point. That’s why it’s so hard to hit golf’s perfectly straight shot!