Squaring The Club Face Explained
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If you breakdown delofting the face into its components you can learn more about the face-to-path relationship. Delofting, but keeping the same face alignment requires a few elements.
- You must close the face to the path.
- You must hit it earlier on the arc to prevent the face from actually be closed to the target
- You must swing more out-to-in to balance the path change from hitting it earlier on the arc.
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This concept is looking at D-Lofting versus closing in the face to path.
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So many golfers have got a flip style release where the shaft is pretty vertical at
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impact and they always want to get more shaft lean because shaft lean is going to help
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with compressing the golf ball.
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It's going to help with solidness of contact by moving the bottom of the swing forward.
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It does a lot of really good things.
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But it's referred to as just D-Lofting and I'm going to show you what you really have
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to do in order to move the grip from here to there.
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So I've got the trusty Hula hoop out because if we're swinging the club around and
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we imagine that the club head was like a sparkler you could see kind of the path of the
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club head as it went through impact.
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It would either follow kind of a circular shape or like this or ideally it would have a little
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bit more of this squished kind of ellipse look to it.
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So if our goal is to get the shaft leaning forward like that impact but we're used to hitting
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it with the shaft fairly vertical.
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I've got new for you.
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You're going to have to rotate the club face more closed because basically what happens
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is if the club is swinging around me and we're around this circle when it straight
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up and down it's pointed at that general direction over there.
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Well when you add shaft lean you're basically hitting it earlier in the circle and so
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you can see that club face is now pointed a good 10-15 degrees off to the right.
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So if all I did was shift this forward and squish it down which is what it would take to
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create that shaft lean well then the club face is pointed over there.
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So I would have to rotate the club to still have shaft lean and get it pointed at the target.
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So one way to think of this whole shaft lean idea is the more that I close the face to
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the path the earlier I can hit it in the circle or along its path and still have it pointed
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at the target.
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If you hit the ball with the shaft straight up and down so you scoop and all you hit
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their pull so it never starts where you're aiming it always starts left and it always
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hooks then you could just get shaft lean and it would straighten it out.
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So that also tells you that when you're working on trying to get shaft lean the skill prior
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to getting shaft lean is learning to rotate the face more close to the path so basically
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getting the face to rotate like this in space.
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If you also then scoop you should hit more shots left so if you're working out of a scoop
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pattern or a flip pattern and you're working on getting some of this shaft rotation
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then what you'll do is you'll work on getting shaft rotation when you flip it will go straight
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or sorry it'll go left or over draw so then you can use the body rotating to hit it
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earlier in the circle which would take that shaft rotation and now point it right so that
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the ball launches a little right and potentially has a little bit of a draw to it.
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So now working through it we're going to do a walk you through what are the normal
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stages for someone working out of this pattern.
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So if you're used to hitting it straight kind of more like that with a vertical shaft not
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taking a whole lot of divots then what'll happen is the first step you need to do is getting
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the shaft to rotate and if you have the same impact to release same impact timing but all
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you do is release the shaft then or release the club then what should happen is it will
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tend to be too close when I may contact with it it'll launch 20 30 degrees left or so
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and over draw it may even launch more than that.
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Now to fix it what I'm going to do is I need to have that same amount of shaft rotation but
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I'm also going to have body rotation so I hit it earlier in the arc basically right around
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there is what I was used to feeling at impact now it's going to happen after impact so
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impact's going to feel like it's happening earlier.
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I'm going to take it back rotate and that should make it launch a little bit more right
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and depending on how much I rotate the shaft it'll either go pretty straight like that one or it
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might even have a bit of a draw depending on the face to path relationship but that's the normal
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pattern for learning to deloft the club you've got to close the face and then get the shaft leaning
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forward by hitting it earlier in the in the arc if you do that you will hit it with less
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loft but a club face that's still pointing at this target which is all really a deloft
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club actually is trying to apply it to a full swing.