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Shaping Iron Shots


Hi, this is Martin Chuck had been or the Tour Striker training products. I’m here at the Raven Golf Club in Beautiful Phoenix, Arizona and I want to talk about shot shaping today and how important it is to understand face and path when you’re playing iron shots. We just don’t try to hit them straight people. That’s too hard. Let’s learn how to adjust our path, adjust our club base in order to shape the golf ball. Going to be really effective way for you to play around the golf course. And this is how we’re going to do it. So I’ve got 10 golf balls here, I like to practice in a series of five. Now for the purpose of this is drill, I’ve got a couple of sticks setup, got an aim line at target line, stick this orange stick and I’ve got a vertical extension of that going out to my pin over there, that green flag off in the distance.
Now if I want a shot that goes out to the right and curves back to the left, that’s commonly known as a draw. So if it goes out to the right, where does the face have to be pointing out to the right. If I’m going to hit a fade, that shot’s going to start to the left and then curve back to the right. So again, where’s the face have to be pointed to hit a fade correct to the left. Now the key to this is the difference between face and path. You see a good draw, a good drawer of the golf ball hits the ball out to right field to the right of that yellow stick right there. Then the ball curves back to the target line. That’s a pretty sexy shot. Everybody likes to do that, and a good fader does the opposite. They hit it left of that target line, target stick, and then it fades back to what I call home base.
So let’s talk about how we’re going to start the ball to the right and have it curved back to the left. You know, a lot of people feel like they have to do some sort of funky manipulation to the club face to try to get it to square, to try to turn that blade over, to make it draw. Well, I’m afraid that’s not the case. You know the impact is a millisecond it. There’s the input into the golf ball is so fractional such a fraction of time that you can’t control what the face is doing. Now what you can do is prepare for it in your downswing with awareness of where your path is going and awareness of where your face is aiming, obviously through some practice. So let’s try and hit a few draws here. So if I’m going to start the golf ball off to the right, I’m going to hit a little half shot here. We’re just going to start the ball off to the right so those grooves are square to my aim, to my target line right there. I’m going to aim this face a little bit off to the right. So now if I hit a little shot, if I don’t manipulate this face in some in some awkward way, that ball’s going to go out to the right. So let’s see how we do there.
Okay, so there’s a little shot that started off right of my aim stick. That’s the goal, to start learning how to hit a draw right there. Face was a little bit open to the target line. Ball went pretty straight. Now to have that side spin kick in, it’s not actually side spin, it’s just tilted ball access. You see, you can think of a golf ball is an airplane with wings. If you had a perfectly straight shot, that plane is flying along. Those wings are level to, the horizon for a draw. What happens is the plane gets tilted to the left for right handed golfers and the air pressure coming toward the ball or the way the ball feels pressure makes the ball bank and draws it right to left and vice versa for a fade. It’s just the spin axis of a golf ball tilted one way or the other. Golf balls don’t actually have site’s been teachers. Just say that it’s actually incorrect, so again, hitting a draw the face is open to the target line, but the key to this is really that the path travels a little bit more right than the face being open to that target line. So I’m going to attempt to swing a little bit more out to right field would that slightly open face

and that’s a pretty good shot right there. Went around the stick and started to come home. As I say it, the best drawers of the golf ball, George Knudsen was one of them. Very rarely started a draw out to right field that overdrew and came over to the left side of that vertical stick. The best ones always hit it out to right field and if they missed it, just stayed out to right field. Let’s talk about fades. You know, the, uh, a famous fader of the golf ball, Lee Trevino or Jack Nicholas, they like to aim everything a little bit left and let the ball fall to the right. So to hit fades are face has to be aiming left, which is actually closed to the target line. So I’m going to set up and I’m going to close this face down a little bit, so we know that this path has to be a bit more left than where this face is aiming, so it’s going to look a little bit like this.

So there’s a closed club face hitting a shot to the left with a path a little bit more to the left, and as a result of that we get a fade. So let’s go back and hit a draw just to kind of go over this again. A draw starts to the right curves back to the left. The face therefore has to be aiming to the right. Now I know you’re saying, but Martin, you know, I know we have to do all this stuff to make a drop, not the case. Simply the face has to be a little right. The Path has to be more right with a fade. The face has to be a little left. The Path has to be a little bit more left. Now you could say, I know questions are are burning in your mind right now to say, well, why don’t you just aim your feet to the right? Well, you do that, you know, you can certainly aim your baseline across the target line. You know, that’s one way of doing it, but what happens when we do this is we tend to hit it too low

because now you’ve got a situation where your body is aiming to the right, you’ve got to shut the face down a little bit so the ball doesn’t get up in the air very well. You know the big speak today on tour is the push draw. You know that push draw again is that club face being a little open at impact but not as open as the direction of the path or not as rightward heading as the direction of the path. So again, this face is a little bit open to my target line. Let’s go ahead and hit a shot here. That ball is drawing back what I say coming home, baby, get close and there’s a nice one right on the pin. So this is Martin. Chuck come into your life and the Raven Golf Club Phoenix, talking about curving your golf ball, where to aim your face and how to orientate your path. I hope that helped. Post your questions and comments down below.