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Why You Do Not Need Have the Face Angle Pointed to the Target at Impact

When you are practicing with Trackman you get fantastic feedback in terms of the club head direction of travel and the face angles relative to the direction of travel at impact. These metrics determine why the ball moves the way it does. In this video I go over what the numbers mean in terms of teh curvature of the ball (the spin axis and curve numbers that you see on Trackman) and what you should strive for to get a ball flight that curves with either a fade or a draw to the target.

Most good players will tell you their default shot is a fade or a draw. Very few people hit a straight shot every single time. This overview will help you understand why that is the case.

If you are practicing with Trackman and not paying attention to these number you are really missing out!

And generally you do NOT have your face angle lined up directly to the target when you impact the ball. Does that sound crazy? This video will tell you why.I don't try do get both club path and face to path numbers to 0 and I show an example of a face lined up straight to the target and the ball doesn't end up as close to the target line as ones where the face angle in open or closed to the target at impact.

So take a few minutes and make sure you understand the relationship between the club path, the face to the path and how they impact curvature in your ball flight.


The key takeaway for a right handed player is:

Draw - Cub path +2 to +5 degrees and face to path - to -2.5 degrees

Fade - Club path -2 to -5 degrees and face to path +1 to +2.5 degrees.

The face to path number needs to be a smaller number than the club path and it needs to be the opposite sign of the club path. This will get a ball that fades or draws right back to the target line.

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