A key step to improving your golf game is understanding the basics of the new ball flight laws.
If you understand what affects the initial starting direction and curve of the ball you can create new feelings to shape shots the way you want.
1. What affects the golf balls initial starting direction?
The golf ball starts mostly where the club face is aimed at impact.
The driver face is 85% responsible for the starting direction
- The iron face is 75% responsible for the starting direction
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2. What causes the ball to fade, draw, slice, hook, or fly straight?
The direction the club path is traveling in relation to the club face angle at impact causes the ball to fade, draw, slice, hook, or fly straight. The club path will impact the initial starting direction of the ball 15% for a driver and 25% for an iron.
All of the following pictures assume you struck the ball on the center of the club face. If you hit the ball off the heel or toe, gear effect will take over. A heeled shot will create fade spin and a toed shot will create draw spin.
The club face at impact is aimed at the red starting line rod in all of the pictures.
Club Path Square to Club Face: The ball will start where the club face is aimed and fly straight
Club Path Left of Club Face: The ball starts mostly where the club face is aimed at impact and fades or slices depending how much the club path is traveling to the left of the club face at impact. The more the club travels to the left of the club face the more the ball will slice.
Now that you understand the club face is responsible for the starting direction and the club path is responsible for the curve of the golf ball you can use this information to improve your game.
Practicing with AME gives you the confidence that you're aimed right where you want. You will be able to learn from every shot that you hit because you know you were set up square to your target. After each shot you hit you can ask yourself what direction did the ball start and which way did the ball curve.
If the shot started right and sliced you understand your club face was open to the target line and the club path was traveling to far to the left. To fix this you could move the ball position a little more forward in your stance to give the club face more time to square up. You can also create a feeling of the club traveling more to the red starting line to help fix the slice.
Aim Your Club Face Where You Want the Ball to Start
Since the club face is responsible for the starting direction it's important to get your club face aimed where you want the ball to start in your set up. This will increase the chance that you return the club face where you want at impact.
Align Your Body (Feet, Hips, Shoulders) to Control Your Club Path
Align your body square to the club face to promote a club path that travels square to your club face.
Align your body right of your club face to promote a club path that travels right of your club face.
Align your body left of your club face to promote a club path that travels left of your club face.
Get the most out of every practice shot you hit with AME! Understanding what your ball flight means will allow you to improve your game even if you don't have your instructor watching you. Having the confidence that your set up is right on allows you to work on your swing in ways that are actually making you better.
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