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Club Face

Club Face refers to the very front of a golf club and is the part of the club that makes contact with the golf ball. The face of the club is designed with grooves to help grab and control the ball as well as with loft to help launch the ball into the air. Where the face points at the moment of impact has the most influence on where a golf ball will go.

Club Face Drills

Club Face Tips

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  • Look Down at a Closed Face When Drawing the Ball

    Get used to looking at a slightly closed club face when trying to draw the ball. At first it will be visually awkward, but you have to tell yourself it's correct. It's important to set the clubface closed first and then take your grip. This way your arms and hands stay in a neutral position. If you take your grip and then try to close the clubface you will be rolling your arms over and opening your shoulders.

  • To Fade the Ball Set the Face Open

    Get used to seeing the face open at set up when you are trying to fade/slice. This is perhaps the most awkward part of trying to work the golf ball. Looking down and seeing a club face open or closed can really throw you off. Accept that it is correct and stay focused on your swing path which should be along the line to which your body is aligned. Remember to always open the face first and then take your grip; not the other way around.

  • Learn to Rotate the Face Back to Square

    If you are missing putts to the right chances are you are not getting the face back to square. Try over rotating the face on the backswing and learning to rotate it back to square. This will force you to feel the rotation of your forearms and wrists instead of being overly stiff and dead-handed.

  • A Stronger Lead Hand Will Help You Release

    If you tend to push putts to the right try a stronger grip with your lead hand to help rotate the face back to square. For a right handed player this would mean turning your left hand more to the right. Ideally we want to have our palms facing each other in a neutral grip position. If however you are having difficulty getting the face back to square, a slight change by rotating your lead hand can be a big help.

  • Let Your Arms Roll

    Make sure to let the club face release or turn over through the ball. This requires you to roll your arms. Holding the face open or trying to lag the club too much can cause you to lead too much with the heel into the ball. In most cases the arms don't release simply because the golfer won't let them. If you relax your arms and let them react to your pivot, they will roll over and square up the clubface.

  • Maintain Posture When Checking Swing

    To check the position of the top of your practice swing use a mirror. If you don't have a mirror available simply rotate your head to peek, but be careful not to stand up and change your posture. When you raise up and change your posture the position of your arms, plane and clubface will change so you will not get an accurate picture of what's really happening in your swing.

  • Hold the Putter in Your Palms

    To prevent excessive movement of the face, make sure you are holding the grip in your palm with your thumbs pointing straight down the shaft. Keeping your palms facing each other ensures a neutral grip. When one hand is turned inward or outward your forearm position is altered. This encourages rotation of your arms and wrists during the stroke which would alter the clubface.

  • Always Aim Your Face Where You Want the Ball to End Up

    When trying to work the ball, always aim your club face where you want your ball to end up and your body where you want the ball to start. It's important to stay focused on where your body is aligned and swing along this line through impact. Your club path will get the ball started on the correct line and then the face angle will work it back to your target.

  • Square Up For Firm Sand

    When you are in a greenside bunker and the sand is firm set your club face more square. Setting it open will use too much of the bounce on the back of the clubhead. This can cause you to bounce off of the sand and skull shots over the green. If the sand is really hard or wet, you will need a little more dig. You might want even want to use a pitching wedge or lob wedge to cut down on the bounce and be safe.

  • Open Your Face to Prevent Digging

    When your ball lands in a greenside bunker, open your club face to use the bounce on the bottom of the club. The bounce is the back edge of the club. When you use the bounce it will prevent digging and help you skid through the sand. If you enter the sand with the leading edge of the club head it will dig and cause your club to get stuck in the sand. The result is a ball that doesn't come out of the sand or comes out short with little backspin.

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