Click here to join now and get full access.

Learning From Your Ball Flight Curve

The amount of curve in your golf shot is created by the face-to-path relationship. In general, the greater the curve, the more your face differs from your path. Learn how to address the two common pattern, a face-to-path relationship that is too open, or one that is too closed.

Playlists: Practice Strategies, Beginner Program

Tags: Fundamentals, Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Impact, Concept, Intermediate, Beginner

00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:04,000
This video is learning from your curve.

00:00:04,000 --> 00:00:08,000
So in this video, I'm going to present a really clear formula for you.

00:00:08,000 --> 00:00:14,000
If the ball curves more than you want, then you have a face to path problem.

00:00:14,000 --> 00:00:19,000
There's a lot of videos on the site that will help you with reading feedback, whether it's

00:00:19,000 --> 00:00:23,000
the steepness or the chalonist of the path, whether it's the club face orientation, the

00:00:23,000 --> 00:00:24,000
low point control.

00:00:24,000 --> 00:00:28,000
All of those things are critical for learning to properly read feedback.

00:00:28,000 --> 00:00:33,000
But for many golfers, I just give you one clear formula.

00:00:33,000 --> 00:00:37,000
If the ball is curving a lot, then the face and the path are in different directions.

00:00:37,000 --> 00:00:43,000
So I always use the ping pong example, because most people are used to getting a ping pong

00:00:43,000 --> 00:00:48,000
ball to curve, where sometimes it's hard to change the curve and golf.

00:00:48,000 --> 00:00:54,000
So in ping pong, I want you to imagine that I was going to hit a shot kind of like this,

00:00:54,000 --> 00:00:57,000
or I would hit a shot like this.

00:00:57,000 --> 00:01:01,000
Obviously that first one would have very little curve to it.

00:01:01,000 --> 00:01:02,000
We'll see if this will curve.

00:01:02,000 --> 00:01:05,000
Golf balls are tough.

00:01:05,000 --> 00:01:08,000
You can see even as that lands, the second one is going to have a lot of curve to it.

00:01:08,000 --> 00:01:14,000
Now let's break that down so that we can see exactly what's happening, how it's producing

00:01:14,000 --> 00:01:15,000
the curve.

00:01:15,000 --> 00:01:22,000
So if I was to bring the ping pong paddle through here, the paddle is pointing in a certain

00:01:22,000 --> 00:01:23,000

00:01:23,000 --> 00:01:27,000
It is also traveling in pretty much the same direction.

00:01:27,000 --> 00:01:31,000
When those two are in the same direction, you're going to have very little spin, imparted

00:01:31,000 --> 00:01:33,000
on the golf ball.

00:01:33,000 --> 00:01:39,000
When I come outside in like this, the ping pong paddle is pointed this way, but the path

00:01:39,000 --> 00:01:42,000
that's traveling on is pointing this way.

00:01:42,000 --> 00:01:47,000
The greater the difference between those two, roughly the more spin you're going to

00:01:47,000 --> 00:01:48,000

00:01:48,000 --> 00:01:52,000
So if you're hitting a ball and it's curving 30 yards to the right, it means that the

00:01:52,000 --> 00:01:57,000
club face is significantly open to the path that it's traveling on.

00:01:57,000 --> 00:02:02,000
If you hit a shot and it curbs way to the left, it is significantly closed to the path

00:02:02,000 --> 00:02:04,000
that it's rotating on.

00:02:04,000 --> 00:02:07,000
You want to do something to solve that.

00:02:07,000 --> 00:02:12,000
Now there's two different ways you could solve a face to path issue.

00:02:12,000 --> 00:02:14,000
One is you could change your grip.

00:02:14,000 --> 00:02:20,000
If you can make the exact same swing and simply, if the club face is coming in like this,

00:02:20,000 --> 00:02:24,000
simply rotate the club face to the path, either more closed if you're slicing it or

00:02:24,000 --> 00:02:30,000
more open if you're hooking it, then it'll tend to balance it out and the ball will go

00:02:30,000 --> 00:02:31,000

00:02:31,000 --> 00:02:37,000
Now, oftentimes you'll hit a shot that'll slice and then you strengthen your grip and

00:02:37,000 --> 00:02:43,000
you hit a shot and it has about the same amount of slice because your body was trying

00:02:43,000 --> 00:02:49,000
to accomplish more a certain impact feeling or impact club position rather than just making

00:02:49,000 --> 00:02:50,000
the same swing.

00:02:50,000 --> 00:02:55,000
So oftentimes you're going to have to change some of the arm movements in order to

00:02:55,000 --> 00:02:58,000
affect where the club face is pointing.

00:02:58,000 --> 00:03:03,000
So one good place that you can check is kind of it shaft parallel.

00:03:03,000 --> 00:03:08,000
If it's wide open like this and it slices, you might want to consider strengthening your

00:03:08,000 --> 00:03:10,000
grip or looking at the wrist movement.

00:03:10,000 --> 00:03:15,000
If it's way closed, you might want to consider alternating or changing your grip and I got

00:03:15,000 --> 00:03:19,000
the video on five degree grip changes to show you how I like to play around with grip

00:03:19,000 --> 00:03:20,000

00:03:20,000 --> 00:03:27,000
But let's say that's not the answer and I need to change the club face with my swing.

00:03:27,000 --> 00:03:32,000
There's usually different solutions whether it's an open club face or a closed club face.

00:03:32,000 --> 00:03:36,000
Typically if it's an open club face, then I need to work on getting the club face to

00:03:36,000 --> 00:03:43,000
either close more to the path with the flexion of the wrist or extension or the motorcycle

00:03:43,000 --> 00:03:49,000
movement or let it keep closing with more of the supination down at the bottom.

00:03:49,000 --> 00:03:56,000
Or I need to shallow the club while I do that in order to help the club close down at

00:03:56,000 --> 00:03:57,000
the bottom.

00:03:57,000 --> 00:04:01,000
Because if the path is too much outside to end and the club face is open, I'll have

00:04:01,000 --> 00:04:04,000
a harder time getting it to close.

00:04:04,000 --> 00:04:08,000
If on the other hand, I'm hooking the ball and I have a situation where the club face

00:04:08,000 --> 00:04:10,000
is coming in too close.

00:04:10,000 --> 00:04:17,000
What I tend to see is that it's more of a, I've got the club face maybe rotate a little

00:04:17,000 --> 00:04:21,000
bit but what'll really happen is down at the bottom, I'll rotate it closed and I'll

00:04:21,000 --> 00:04:22,000
let the club pass.

00:04:22,000 --> 00:04:28,000
What that does is that overly closes the face and usually takes the path way out to the

00:04:28,000 --> 00:04:29,000

00:04:29,000 --> 00:04:37,000
It kind of has a pattern that looks more like that there where I tend to get a big amount

00:04:37,000 --> 00:04:38,000
of curve.

00:04:38,000 --> 00:04:43,000
For that one, I don't recommend twisting the club differently here.

00:04:43,000 --> 00:04:49,000
What I recommend is delaying or changing that movement down at the bottom by getting

00:04:49,000 --> 00:04:53,000
either more body rotation, more of the white movement or just basically getting more

00:04:53,000 --> 00:04:54,000
shaft lean.

00:04:54,000 --> 00:05:02,000
So if I'm hooking the ball, I still keep closing the club face and I just work on getting

00:05:02,000 --> 00:05:06,000
a little bit more shaft lean down at impact to straighten it out.

00:05:06,000 --> 00:05:10,000
If I'm slicing the ball, I usually have to work on twisting the club or strengthening

00:05:10,000 --> 00:05:11,000
the grip.

00:05:11,000 --> 00:05:18,000
So if you're struggling with reading feedback, it's a really clear, or this is a really

00:05:18,000 --> 00:05:21,000
clear, one single thought that you can use.

00:05:21,000 --> 00:05:25,000
If the ball curves more than you want, then you have a face to path problem and if the

00:05:25,000 --> 00:05:29,000
more that it curves, the more open or close the club faces.

00:05:29,000 --> 00:05:33,000
So if you have a lot of curve, one of your goals is to match those up better and this gives

00:05:33,000 --> 00:05:37,000
you a couple of solutions whether the club faces too open or too close.

Click here to start your free 3 day trial. No credit card required.