Saturday, 26 January 2019

Clubface Control

  • January 26, 2019

GOLF SKILLS FOR BEGINNERS

Written by PGA Pro, Tom Huttunen


What is the clubface?

The clubface is the part of the club which comes into contact with the ball. It has the primary influence over which direction the ball will begin its flight and is therefore very important to us when it comes to hitting the ball straight.

How should we present the club face?

It would seem common sense that we should try and hit the ball with a square/neutral club face in order to get the ball flying towards our target. Unfortunately, this is much easier said than done! Even the world’s best golfers struggle to deliver the face square 100% of the time.
In fact, when it comes to the point when you are trying to curve a golf ball, you may not even want the face to be pointing at the target at all…. (don’t worry about this for now!)
With the nature of the swing being such a large and powerful motion, it becomes very easy to unintentionally twist the face into a closed or open condition (pictured below).


How do we train clubface control?

Before we can gain control of the clubface, we need to become aware of it. To help us with this task we can draw inspiration from the children’s fairy-tale of Goldilocks. You know the premise… too much, too little and just right.
Try this drill:
*best practiced at slower speeds for new golfers
- Get yourself down to the driving range and line up 3 balls to hit
- Without changing the alignment of your body or clubface at setup…
- Proceed to make a swing at each ball and see if you can intentionally twist that clubface closed for the first ball, open for the second and then try to hit the last ball as straight as possible
After 10 minutes practice you should already start to feel like you have much more awareness and control over the direction of your shots!

Hopefully you found this useful. Please get in contact should you have any questions or would like to arrange any tuition

Tom Huttunen (B.A. Hons)
PGA Professional
Oulton Hall Golf Academy
Tel: 07393351211

I am a fully qualified AA PGA Professional with a BA Hons degree in Applied Golf Management Studies from the highly acclaimed University of Birmingham (UK). This degree is widely recognised to be at the forefront of golf education and provides a holistic approach to golf instruction and the wider golf industry. I am a lover of learning and it is my greatest pleasure to see clients transform their golf games under my tuition!

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"I am a fully qualified AA PGA Professional with a BA Hons degree in Applied Golf Management Studies from the highly acclaimed University of Birmingham (UK). This degree is widely recognised to be at the forefront of golf education and provides a holistic approach to golf instruction and the wider golf industry.

In September 2016, I relocated to Oulton Hall Golf Academy from Mallorca where I was working as a Senior PGA Teaching Professional for 4 years.

I am a lover of learning and it is my greatest pleasure to see clients transform their golf games under my tuition!"


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