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Open Face

An Open Face refers to a clubface that is pointed to the right of a player's target for right handed players. Open Face usually refers to the club pointing to the right either at address or impact, although a players' clubface can become open at any point in the golf swing. The result of an open face at impact is a shot that goes to the right of the intended target.

Open Face Drills

Open Face Tips

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  • 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.

  • Stay Relaxed to Release

    One reason why the arms don't extend is because the player doesn't let them release or roll over. Make sure that your rear arm rolls over your front arm as you come through impact. As you pivot through the shot and create rotational speed the centrifugal force will throw your arms out and extend them through impact. As long as your arms are relaxed and you aren't trying to control or force the swing, they will return straight just like they were at address.

  • Open the Face First; Grip It Second

    When setting up for a greenside bunker shot, you should lay your clubface open first, then place your hands on the grip. Golfers often make the mistake of taking their normal grip and then twisting their arms until the face is open. This will affect the direction of your takeaway and force the club inside too much. Instead, lay the club open and then take your normal grip and arm position as you set up.

  • 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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