“Why did it go that way?” AWG

Ball Flight Dynamics

Or

“Why did it go that way?”

Basic Ball Flight Rules                         

 The initial part of a ball flight is based only on swing path (direction the club hits the ball).

After the inertia (from direction of the swing path)  decreases (ball slows) the angle of the clubface takes over and determines on which axis to rotate.  Open face- the ball rotates to and spins clockwise.  Closed and it goes counterclockwise. 

  • Straight Swing Path +
  • open face = Ball starts straight then goes right
  • closed face = Ball starts straight then  goes left
  • Square = Ball starts straight and stays straight

 

  

Inside to Outside Path
  • open face = Ball starts right then goes right
  • closed face = Ball starts right then  goes left
  • Square = Ball starts right and stays straight (right)

     

     

     

     

    Outside to Inside Path
  • open face = Ball starts left then goes right
  • closed face = Ball starts left then  goes left
  • Square = Ball starts left and stays straight (left)
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    Ball goes straight left.

  • Couple of choices: (in order of probability)

    1. You didn’t finish the turn away (did you left should get at least to the ball), but did turn on the downswing.

    2. Your first move from the top of the swing was by pulling the club with the right hand.

    3. Try it… you will reroute the clubhead so it comes from the outside.

    Learn to identify what causes the ball to fly like it does, and how to remedy it.

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