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I think we all agree that I believe the first place to start work on distance is by getting into a program of hitting the ball in the center of the club face. Enjoy this tip from Ted!
Shaft and Clubface Impact Alignments
When addressing the ball, the clubface should be square to the back of the ball. Also, the leading edge of the club needs to be perpendicular to the target line so that the clubface is correctly aimed at your target. However, the alignment of the clubface and leading edge of the golf club change at impact due to the path of the orbiting clubhead in the down stroke. Because the sweet spot of the clubface must orbit to the ball from inside the target line, the clubface is square to the back inside quadrant of the ball at impact. The clubface appears to be open at impact, but with educated hands and proper rotation of the body, the clubface ends up square to the target line at separation.
With regards to the alignment of the shaft in the full swing, the handle, or grip, of the club is even with the ball 90% of the time at address. However, at impact, the handle should beat the shaft and clubhead back to the golf ball. The shaft needs to lean forward 100% of the time at impact. In order to hit a golf ball with an accelerating alignment, the shaft must lean forward at the initial point of contact.
A key point to note when discussing the clubface and shaft is there is a difference between the initial point of contact (Impact) and separation (when the ball leaves the clubface). This tip is about impact, not separation.
In conclusion, the clubface is square to the back of the ball at address, and at impact, the clubface is square to the back inside quadrant of the golf ball. At address, the shaft is in a neutral condition, and at impact, there is a definite forward lean to the shaft. Next month, we will focus on swinging down and out with forearm roll.
2005 Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year
Owner / Director of Instruction
Classic Swing Golf School (Located at Legends Resort)
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