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Squaring The Club Face Explained

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Isolated Club Face Movements

Just like individual movements will change the path, we can look at the individual movements and how they change the face. Here are the general rules for club face movements.

Body movements can be lumped together as a whole.

More open body = more open club face
More closed body = more closed club face

From a general point of view of the arm movements

Right rotation of the arms (lead wrist pronation, shoulder internal rotation) = more open club face
Left rotation of the arms (lead wrist supination, shoulder external rotation) = more closed club face

Unhinge (ulnar deviation) = more open club face
Hinge (radial deviation) = more closed club face

More lag (lead wrist flexion) = more closed club face
Less lag (lead wrist extension) = more open club face

Tags: Fundamentals, Not Straight Enough, Intermediate

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In this video, we're going to talk about the isolated movements to control the club face.

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So there's two different philosophies you could have.

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You look at the club as a whole, and so I'm going to look at the alignment at impact and whatever that is.

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That's just what it is.

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Or you can look at the individual component, so what are my wrist doing, what are my arms doing, what is my body doing.

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And how to each one of those affect the club in isolation and therefore in combination they give you kind of the amount of change.

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So I tend to be more that second where it's nice to look at each individual piece because it might just be one piece that's out of order.

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In the path section, so understanding steepest in shallows, I talk about the different individual components and how they affect the path of the club head.

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In this video, we're going to talk about the orientation of the face.

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So it's a little bit easier because what we're going to do is we're going to take the body as one unit and we're basically going to say from a body's perspective, the more shaffling I have, the more it opens the club face, the less shaffling I have, the less it opens the club face or the more it closes the club face.

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So if I rotate my body and the club stays perpendicular or the club face stays perpendicular to the shaft, then what ends up happening is the shaft will move.

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Kind of like so and you can see that the face will be pointing out there.

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So anything I do that creates more of this rotation side bend gets my body pointing out over there.

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All that opens the club face. Anything that I do like standing up, staying closed, stalling those things help close the club face.

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So the body's pretty easy. More open is going to be opening the club face.

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More close is going to be closing it. Let's look at the individual movement of the arms.

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So the basic movements are going to be rotation of the arms to the right, rotation of the arms to the left.

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I'm going to have hinge and unhing, and then I'm going to have flexion or extension. So this way that way.

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So basically what happens is if I rotate the club, if I rotate my arms so if I pronate my lead wrist or if I internally rotate my lead shoulder, those are going to open the club face.

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If I externally rotate the trail shoulder or I supinate, that's going to also open the club face. So that's all kind of right rotation like so, which is one of the things that we do during transition.

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When in that shallowing move, it tends to open the club face, which is why that motorcycle movement, we're closing the club face with shaft rotation is so important.

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So then that shaft rotation is going to change positions depending on the amount of hinge in my wrist.

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So if my wrist or bent 90 degrees, if I flex and extend the wrist, you can see that that closes the club face.

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But if it's all the way in line like so, then if I flex and extend, it moves the path more to the right, but it also closes the club face slightly.

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So flexing this lead wrist, extending that trail wrist, is going to be a closing of the club face. The opposite is going to be an opening of the club face.

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Now, what I demonstrate in the club face closing is that the more that you raise this, that opens the club face, the more that you lower it, that closes the club face.

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So open closed, so that means that if I raise my shoulders or I onlyre deviate my wrist, that is going to tend to open the club face.

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And if I chop with my arms or I radial deviate my wrist, that is going to close the club face.

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And so the last one is going to be that pronation supination internal external rotation.

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So we already covered. So the more that I rotate to the right, that's going to open the club face, the more that I rotate to the left, that's going to close the club face.

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So I'll give you a couple different scenarios or couple different examples.

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If I'm looking at kind of this common, we'll do it from down the line.

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So if I get into delivery position, you know, kind of somewhere in here, if the club face is wide open because I haven't really done the motorcycle and I've kind of closed the,

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or got my arms to steep like so, then the club face is in a very open position.

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So if I kept rotating, that would also continue to open the club face.

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So what most golfers will do from this perspective is they will stall their body, which is a closing of the club face.

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And then they will release their wrist like so, which is a closing of the club face.

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And they'll actually tend to radial deviate or hind their wrist on the way through.

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So it kind of looks something like that.

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All of those are major closers of the club face because they didn't close it early enough.

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The other option, which is the one that better players tend to do, is they're going to shallow injury

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and zishin, which opens the club face, but then they're going to be motorcycling or they would have already kind of started or perhaps even motorcycle that the top.

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But they're going to use just that shaft rotation to close the club face.

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So now they can continue rotating their body to which opens the club face, but because I've closed it this way,

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it ends up working into the club pointed in the general direction of the target or square, but with a lot of shaft length.

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So from down the line, or sorry, from face on view, those two will look like this.

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So the most common I'm going to be here, and then I'm going to stall my body rotation, stand up,

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and close the club face a couple of ways that way.

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Or I'm going to motorcycle, got a bunch of body rotation, and now that club face is closing in a slightly different way.

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So hopefully that helps you understand your pattern as far as how you tend to, or what your dominant movements are, and how you adjust the club face.

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Key times the look at it or from is really during that release, but you can see what you did during transition, because that will also also help you understand why you may be doing what you're doing to square the club face during release.

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