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Squaring The Club Face Explained

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Case Study - Squaring the Club Face to Fix A Scoop Slice

Watch as this golfer works on rotating the club. You'll see how the club face rotation changes helps with sequencing, path, body orientation and more. Learning to rotate the club can help if you struggle with pulls, slices, driver trouble, weak ball flight, or have a hard time shallowing out the arms.

Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Chicken Wing, Cast, Draw vs Fade, Iron, Driver, Fairway Wood, Impact, Follow Through, Transition, Release, Concept, Beginner

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In this content video, we're going to take a look at how you square the club face.

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Specifically, we're going to look at a case study where we look at the difference between

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shaft rotation and in-plane movement to square the club face.

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This is a really important concept for most golfers to understand, but tends to have big

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impacts on the middle to higher handicap golfers.

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If you have a ball flight where the ball tends to start straight and then curves a bunch,

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it usually means that your face to path relationship is off and you are using your swing

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in order to accommodate for that poor relationship.

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In this video, we're going to take a look at how learning to close the club face a little

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bit differently can have a domino effect that's very positive for most people's golf swings.

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This student came to me primarily to help him with slicing the ball off the tee.

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I always ask why a person feels that they're doing what they're doing.

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He felt when he slices the ball that he gets over the top of it, which is a very common phrase

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to use to describe slicing the ball.

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You can see through transition, it doesn't really get over the top of it.

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You can see that the plane or the path is actually quite good or more draw biased.

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Now what he does during the release is very much over the top or steepening movement.

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But this could be one of those cases where a golfer feels like he's doing one thing.

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And the descriptions that his buddies or other coaches may be giving him might not resonate

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with what's in his brain.

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But either way, if you've watched my high level of the slice video, you understand that

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there's two different things you got to do.

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You got to square the club face with more rotation and you got to get the path a little bit more

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This is a clear case of when going for the face is going to be much easier.

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So when we look at this position, we can see that the club face is pointing above the horizon line.

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So if this was straight up and down, then if he just flipped and got the club vertical

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with the club upside it up or pointed straight up and down or perpendicular like that,

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then the club would be pointed relatively in the direction of the target.

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But again with the shaft vertical.

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If you want to have shaft lean, then you need to get the club face on the other side

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of vertical by the time you get to impact.

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Now this is a great or a very clear case study on this shaft movement because he doesn't

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appear to have very much shaft rotation and because the club face is exaggeratedly open,

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it's actually more open than vertical.

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What you'll see is he's able to hit balls that start online, but they do tend to slice

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when his club face is square and they start online.

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You can see the reason why if the club is not at least perpendicular there, then he has to

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actually get the grip behind the club head in order to get that to point at the target.

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And so that's what he's able to do, but as a result, you can see that his path is very

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much low to high, it gets narrow very quickly and it tends to move to the left.

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So we'll see that whole combination through here.

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This is happening, this club face is rotating towards the golf ball purely by straightening

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the arms and the grip kind of freezing in space, but then because of the movements and the

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momentum of the club, you'll see it finish very low and around his body.

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Now what we'll do is we'll take a look at the drill that we used and the after effects

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and then compare it to a pro who closes the face in a slightly different way.

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Now if your member is path was pretty good, so we weren't doing a ton of path work, but

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we did use a little bit of path feedback down at the bottom to work on, I think we used

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the real or track, so the four square, but one of the visuals to kind of help just clarify

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where the path was coming, but you can see that he's definitely using the motorcycle

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and getting the club face into more of a closed position and learning to move the club

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face in space with that closed or what I would really call square club face position.

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You can see that as a result, he's already having a bit more body rotation and staining

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his posture a little bit better.

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Now here's his attempt at a live ball.

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This was about the third ball after doing the drills and playing around with it a little

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You can see that it's much closer, so now it's to vertical, which means if he has a scoop

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and gets the shaft vertical, he's at least going to hit it straight.

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And then gets a little bit, it's still a little steep for my liking with the arm movement,

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but I know he's been working on that and he's been making good progress, but compared

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to the golf ball, it doesn't get nearly as outside to in.

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So this ball is actually going to fly fairly straight and draw a little bit because of the

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toe contact.

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But we can see that there's a dramatic difference in his body position here in the follow

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So now a quick side by side comparison is going to show some pretty big difference on

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the club delivery.

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And again, all we really worked on was club face rotation.

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You'll see the exit pattern that we didn't really talk about.

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It happened somewhat naturally.

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You can see a much better shoulder tilt, much better spine angle, the exit path of the club

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instead of working more almost around the belly button is now working around the shoulders.

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There are lots of positive changes.

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This golfer went from shooting, having a low score above a hundred to after about six

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weeks of practicing this and a couple other concepts was able to break 90 with his low

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score of 85.

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So it can happen really quickly.

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This was a really fun case study to see some pretty big improvement just by clarifying

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a key concept of understanding how to square the face with shaft rotation.

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There are a handful of tour pros who have later club face rotation.

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This is an example that I know pretty clearly.

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Roy Sabatini.

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You could also look at Phil Nicholson or possibly John Senden, Charles Howell III's earlier

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There are a number of golfers who close the club face a little bit later.

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So you can see that we're not quite at that same point where the case study was, but

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you can see that the club face compared to parallel.

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It's a little bit above it, but the club faces in a more open position.

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So from there, he could either use the strategy of casting the club or scooping like

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the amateur did or he could get his hands ahead, but he would have to start really

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pulling it down.

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You can actually see in this video right around here he starts to really flex that lead

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wrist as the hands worker cross.

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It will be even more clear from the down line.

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So, sorry, from the face on view over here on the right.

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Here he is.

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We know that the club face was in a slightly open position.

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Then through here you're going to see the effect of his wrist flexing.

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This is a pretty good picture here where you can see that even through impact is one of

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the rare or golfers that flexes the wrist through impact not letting it extend on the

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way through.

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Because he uses a timing where he closes the club face with rotation, but he does it

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If you close the club face with rotation, you're going to have a much better chance with

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the driver and you're going to have a much better chance having a leg and you're going

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to have a much better chance to get into an impact position where your hands are in front

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of the golf ball.

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If you don't close the club face with shaft rotation, you're not going to have leg,

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your hands will have to be more even with the golf ball or even behind it.

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That's going to produce certain low-point control issues or contact issues and it's typically

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going to show up as problems with the driver.

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