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Please let me know if you have any questions about the Ball Flight Laws,
the Basic Checkpoints or any other part of your game!
THE BALL FLIGHT LAWS
Swing Path – the path on which the club travels determines the line on which the ball starts. The primary influences are: alignment, weight transference and body rotation.
Clubface Angle – the clubface angle determines how the ball spins (curves). The primary influences are: the grip and the hand and wrist action.
Angle of Attack – the angle of attack affects the trajectory or height the ball flies. The primary influences are: the set up position and the same things that affect the swing path. ( If a swing path is too much outside to in, the angle of attack will be too steep and the ball will have a higher trajectory. If the swing is too inside to out, the angle of attack will be too shallow and the ball will have a lower trajectory.)
Clubhead Speed – clubhead speed, along with its partner, centered contact, determines the distance the ball travels. If a clubhead speed of 85 mph produces a drive of 230 yards, the result of an off-centered hit with the same clubhead speed will significantly reduce distance.
There are only two logistic challenges to overcome to make the golf ball go from point A to point B:
DISTANCE AND DIRECTION
· Distance has three primary factors.
· Direction has two primary factors.
· These factors are measured at the moment of impact.
- Clubhead Speed
- Centeredness of Contact
- Angle of Attack
- Swing Path
- Clubface Angle
3 KEYS TO SOLID CONTACT
1. YOUR HEAD (TOP OF SPINE) MUST MAINTAIN THE PROPER LEVEL.
2. WEIGHT MUST TRANSFER PROPERLY.
3. THE RADIUS OF YOUR SWING MUST REMAIN CONSTANT.
“THE GRIP” CHECKPOINTS
The grip is extremely important for three major reasons:
- It directly controls the clubface.
- It allows your hands and wrists to hinge properly.
- It promotes proper hand action.
1. Set the grip of your club in your target side hand first. ( Left hand for right handers).
2. The club should run from the second joint in the forefinger, along the base of the fingers at about a 45° angle to just above the fatty pad of your hand.
3. When you close your hand around the club, your thumb will set just to the side of center. ( Just right of center for a right hander).
4. As we close the second hand around the club, the thumb of first hand will fit in the pocket created along the lifeline of your second hand. The thumb of your first hand should be completely covered.
6. Notice the “V” created by the thumb and forefinger on each hand. They should be pointing in the same direction. Whether you chose to use an Overlapping, Interlocking or Ten Finger grip is personal preference. However, if you have small or weak hands and arms, we suggest you try the Ten Finger grip.
“SET UP CHECKPOINTS”
- Stand straight up and down with your feet shoulder width apart. (Turn your target side foot out slightly, 25°- 30°). Your weight should be evenly distributed between your feet.
- Put a club across your hip joints to indicate your bending point.
- Push club and hips back while allowing your shoulders to come forward to your toe line.
- Release tension from legs allowing them to bend slightly. (At this point your weight should feel evenly distributed between the balls and heels of your feet).
- Allow your arms to dangle naturally from your shoulders.
- Assume your normal golf grip.
- The butt end of the club should be even with the ball. (Except with your “Driver” )!
- At this point your feet, knees, hips u0026amp; shoulders should be parallel to your target line.
BALL POSITIONS FOR NORMAL FULL SHOTS
Driver – Opposite the inside of your target side heel. (Or arm pit).
Fairway Woods – 1″ off the inside of your target side heel. (Or off logo on shirt).
Irons and Hybrids – 2″ off the inside of your target side heel. (Or just target side of your sternum).
Part Shots – Center of your stance.
“FOLLOW THROUGH” CHECKPOINTS
- Finish with your body in a comfortable standing position.
- Your target side leg should be straight with your weight on the outside back half of that foot. (Your weight should never be forward of your arches).
- Your back knee (right knee for right handers) should finish against your target side knee.
- You should finish on the very tip of the toe on your back foot with the foot at or just past vertical.
- For right handers, the right side of your body (right shoulder and hip) should finish closer to the target than the left side of your body.The left shoulder and hip should finish closer to the target for left handers.
- Your hands should finish above your target side shoulder and about ear high.
Get in the habit of holding your follow through and checking that you are in the correct position. If you are not in the correct position, adjust to the proper position so it can become a habit at a greater rate of speed.