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The Clubface at address? Square to the target or closed?

Hello, welcome to the Tethrow golf club. I’m standing here on the twelfth fairway at Tethrow. It’s a beautiful day in June. We hope you can come visit us out here. It’s amazing golf course designed by David McLay kit. I’ve got a few things to go over today with fans of Tethrow and of course Tour Striker fans out there. One of them that’s been on a that’s been kind of burning up the blogs and some questions I’ve. I’ve taken some calls on his impact fix and impact and a couple of things I want to talk to you about today. So I’ve got a range box here, a full range shots, but this is sort of here to help describe the impact and how we need to build our grip based on impact and not addressed because that’s one common thing I see a mistake made all the time.

So let’s, let’s talk about it. So here’s a ball location. Sit on. I’ll just put this on the same line as this range box and I know it’s in the shade shade so hopefully you can see this clearly. So if I’m going to play a golf shot, I’m preparing for impact with this shaft, completely up this box. So this entire shot, nice and flat on this box, a little bit of forward shaft lean. In fact, that’s the important place to hit a shot. Okay. I think most golfers tend to like to be somewhat comfortable at address. And when I’m giving lessons, what I see is probably nine out of 10 of my students have a lefthand that I’d love to adjust. And now there’s an expression in golf, Fix a grip, lose a friend. Well I think we can fix it. Grip and explain it. Students will tend to want to fix it on their own.
So the idea is that the grip has to be correct for impact. So to do that with the idea of the club being an impact location, when we put her hands on it rather than address, we have a chance to do that. So with that in mind, we’re going to take the grooves. So here’s grooves at 12:00. We’re going to take this club, we’re going to point it outside of her left hip joint right here. Now, from there, let’s go ahead and get her left wrist situated on the grip. Okay. Uh, a friend on the blogs, I think his name’s Yazoo. Um, this is a great, great bit for a lot of golfers out there, especially the weaker hitters and the people that are sliced in the golf ball. So we’re going to take those grooves. Okay. Those grooves at 12:00, we’re going to point that club at her left hip bone.

Basically what that’s done is it’s delofted the golf club a little bit, hasn’t it? So we’re going to take that club, get those grooves at 12:00, get the club pointing left of her hip bone and get a comfortable lefthand on from there. So there’s my flat left wrist and obviously my bent right wrist. Okay. My left thumb is not on top of the grip. It’s supporting the right side of the grip. My right hand is supporting my left. The lifeline in my right hand is supporting my left thumb and there’s my grooves. At 12:00, still straight up and down. Now if I take this back to address or some kind of address location over here, you can see what it does to my left wrist had bends it back. Okay? What you’re going to see if you watch golf on TV this weekend, you’re going to see a lot of tour players with that left wrist and a bent back condition because they go from an address position to impact.

All right, so for those of you that are slicing the ball, for those of you that are hitting it weaker, there’s a good chance that your left hand needs to be addressed to some degree and there’s a reason. There’s a multitude of reasons, but we need to have this condition so that when we swing this golf club, this toe of our club isn’t pointing way down in a wide open condition because that makes it really hard to get that club to square. And if you do try to hit with forward, shaft, lean with a toe that’s hanging way down, wide open in your chances are you’re going to Shank it. Chances are you’re going to hit it out to right field, so let’s get our hands on properly so we can support that impact condition and where the club face should be aiming at address.

I’ve got some props here to help me. I don’t know if you can see the uh, well there’s a flight kind of hidden by a pine tree back there, but we’ll use that, uh, a little irrigation control box off in the distance. I think you can all see it back There is a kind of a light green box. So if this is my target line that represents his shot, that goes to that box, we can discuss kind of what’s going on here in the blogs. Everybody is so in love with aiming the club face at the target line, at address. Okay, sure. It makes sense. Let’s aim it. Aim this face really well to hit a shot at our target, but the reality is most of us can’t return this club face. A lot of my students do really well when they grip the club, they take the club from what would be aiming square the target.

They take it up and they actually tip it down quite a bit. There’s a reason for this. Okay? Most people’s left hand is on the club incorrectly, so what we’re trying to do is get it so that impact the ball leaves the face and the face is aiming at the target. So I know it might look really, really strange to a lot of you out there to look at a club face like this, but this is where most of you are comfortable setting your forearm condition. Okay? This is an example. I want you to go ahead and look at Zach Johnson. Next time he plays on tv or even you can probably look him up on Youtube and what you’re going to see is if he were to take his left wrist, if you could take his club face and put them in a comfortable risk condition and you’ve manipulated this to square, you’d see something that looked about like this.
I mean, this is pretty contrived, rotated to the right, okay, and then maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but for what’s comfortable for most people and when they put the grooves at 12:00, there’s no way they’re going to be able to lay the golf club, apply a forward leaning shaft and really compress the golf ball just because in motion their body won’t allow them to. So if you’re having problems out there hitting a week cut or maybe you don’t have quite the impact on the golf ball, quite the ball speed you’re looking for, you might want to consider taking that club face and turning it down a little bit. Okay? Now, sure. If that’s comfortable for you, there’s no reason, absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t start the swing from here. Now, if you want to manipulate that club face square, what’s really just kind of puts you in pretty much a tour player impact or address hand location because that’s where they’re going to be an impact.
Go ahead and do it. Um, if you’re just more comfortable setting up with the club face shot and knowing that you’re going to return the club face to a position that’s more suitable for good shots, go ahead and try it. Now I know this is a bit of a stretch mentally, but what you’re going to find is you’re gonna hit a lot of better shots. Sure, your first few shots are going to want to go to the left. Okay? And what’s going to happen is your first few shots, you’re going to go to the left, then you’re going to learn how to have what we call a little bit of spine tilt. And that’s going to fix your left start of the golf ball and get it oriented more towards your target line. So just for fun, if you’re a hitter out there and a slicer, let’s go ahead and instead of taking the grooves and aiming at your target, let’s go ahead and aim them to the left and let your body figure out how to get them to square.

It’s going to put you in much better impact position. And again, you can do this by taking the shaft and getting getting it on a wall, or just if you can stand inside of a door Jamb, build your grip with that in mind, and then bring that back to address. Then you’ll see what a really, really big, big difference or is in the back of the lefthand condition between address and impact. So what does that do to the ball? Well, when you can take a de lofted club to the ball, there’s less less deflection from the face to the ball. So instantly what the same body, the same comfortable speed you can already generate. You’ve got a lot more ball speed coming off the face because there’s far less deflection, there’s a ton of deflection, and when the ball hits a face that sits way back, there’s very little deflection if there’s no lay back. So by having the direct impact alignments, you have very little lay back. All right, so let’s build your grip around impact and then bring that back to address. Good luck with that.