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Identify Your Clubface Closing Pattern

If you’re having direction issues your clubface is either opening or closing too much or too little at some point in your swing. There some key phases where this could be occuring and figuring out how to identify this issue and how to fix it could help you hit more fairways and greens. 

Playlists: Keys To Transition, Train Your Release

Tags: Not Straight Enough, Iron, Driver, Fairway Wood, Transition

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In this concept video, we're going to talk about identifying your club-faced closing pattern.

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This relates to seeing the motorcycle and understanding where the club-face is pointing during the swing.

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The club-face gives you two piece of information.

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Roughly, where the club-face is pointing at impact is approximately where the ball is going to start.

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And then the face-to-path, how much the club-face is either open or closed or square to the path,

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dictates how much it's going to curve.

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So it's really important to pay attention and use feedback so that you understand what your club-faced pattern is.

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Oftentimes when I'm giving lessons, a golfer will say that, well, the club-face is open,

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maybe I need to strengthen my grip.

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And I'll say, well, you know, hey, that's a reasonable guess,

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but why don't we investigate a little further and try to identify when your club-face is getting open?

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Because if it's not open really early in the movement, then perhaps strengthening the grip

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isn't the best long-term solution.

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And that's ultimately what we want to try to achieve,

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which is the best long-term solution for our club-face pattern.

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Not just the quick fix.

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So when we're looking at the club-face control, we want to break the swing down into a couple different phases.

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I want to see, at roughly parallel to ground like this, so we'll call that

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chef-parallel.

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At chef-parallel in the backswing, I want to look at roughly where the club-face is.

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If it's somewhere between my spine angle and vertical, then the club-face hasn't

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opened a whole lot.

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If you're the type that struggles with the club-face getting into a position where it's way

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open like this, then I've probably opened the club-face during take away,

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which might mean that I do have a really weak grip, and my body is just as I move the club,

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kind of naturally the club-face is getting really open.

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The second place that a lot of golfers start opening the club-face

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is the look-find here, and then at the top of the swing,

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you'll see that the club is pointing more straight down instead of

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parallel to the left-form or even more up towards the sky.

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What will usually happen there is as they're setting the club,

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you'll see that this wrist is going into more of an extension position, kind of like this.

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So that's the same thing as if I was here, and then I extended the wrist,

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you could see how that opens the club-face.

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So if I get that club-face in a really open position there,

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I've just got to make sure that I do a really good job of closing it pretty aggressively

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on the way down.

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The last checkpoint before impact would be at shaft parallel on the way down,

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and looking if the club-face is roughly parallel to my spine angle, or at least between parallel

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to my spine angle in vertical. So somewhere between here and there.

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So what can happen is club-face is fine, club-face is fine, and then I tend to really pull

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down and the club-face gets into an open position. Or the club-face is fine, the club-face is

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past vertical, but I still come into the golf ball with an open club-face.

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So this can help me figure out the phase of the swing, where I'm losing the club-face control,

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and ultimately what I need to do with the arms and the hands in order to get it back.

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Because really it's the wrist and the arms and the hands and the forearms that control the club-face

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position more so than the body pivot. So you're either going to be struggling with opening or closing

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the face in the takeaway during setting the swing, during transition, or during the release.

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But by using this framework you'll be able to figure out exactly when you're losing the club-face

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which will give you a much better opportunity for using one of the related drills for being

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able to solve that specific club-face issue.

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