September 16, 2019

Golf Swing Instructions: Clubface Placement Is Why Steve Stricker Is Playing Better Golf

golf swing lesson instructionsGolf swing instructions typically include what is called club face placement during the set up phase of the golf swing.

Indeed, golf swing instructions are lacking if a coach does not teach club face placement procedures.

In a recent face-on photo of Steve Stricker addressing his ball in a  Golf Digest article,  I observed the face of his club was positioned about one-half an inch behind his ball rather than as near as possible to the back of his ball. This is not a bad golf method in terms of club face placement.

Even at his age, Stricker is one of the best ball strikers on tour.

He typically hits straight golf shots. He also hits the ball far.

In the golf Digest article,  Stricker stated the reason why he was playing better golf  in recent years was that he had changed to a neutral grip.

What Steve Stricker and other golfers do not know (unless they have been exposed to the Locked In Golf™ principles) is that irrespective of whether you have a neutral, strong or weak grip, the instant you grip a conventional style of grip on your club your wrists will rotate your clubface to an effective open alignment.

In addition, your elbow line will rotate to the inside of you shoulder line to create an out-to-in swing path of your clubface across your shoulders.

A combination of an effective open alignment and an out-to-in swing path of the clubface creates a slice ball flight alignment.

Unless the slice ball flight is converted to a straight ball flight alignment and then, locked-in to straight ball flight alignment, any body movement after assuming a conventional style of grip will rotate the alignment and swing path of the clubface to a different  ball flight alignment,

Therefore, I do not believe Steve Stricker’s better play is attributable to his neutral grip. Instead, I attribute his better play to how he positions the face of his club in relation to the back of his ball.

I firmly believe the only sure and tested way of  how to hit a golf ball straight is to use one of the more than 100 Locked-In Golf™ Techniques I have designed, developed and perfected.

However, you may be able to produce reasonably straight golf shots if you position the face of your club about one-half inch behind your ball and align your shoulders parallel with your target line prior to assuming a conventional style of grip, irrespective of whether a neutral, strong or weak grip.

When your clubface is positioned about one-half inch behind your ball and your shoulders are aligned parallel with your target line before assuming a conventional style of grip, when you then  assume a conventional style of grip on your club, the face of your club effectively will be positioned to a square alignment to the very back of your ball.

This assumes you do not move your feet or, raise or lower your shoulders (spine angle), after gripping your club in a conventional manner.

You also must keep a steady head and planted feet during your golf swing. This technique should greatly improve your golf swing, especially if you have a habit of mishitting golf shots.

If you hit a fade with the face of your club positioned one-half inch behind your ball, you should move the face of your club further back from your ball in one-sixteenth increments until you hit relatively straight golf shots.

If your are drawing your ball with the face of your club positioned one-half an inch behind your ball you should move the face of your club nearer your ball in one-sixteenth increments until you begin hitting relatively straight golf shots.

However, no techniques produce more consistently straight ball flights than the Locked-In Golf™ Techniques. Nonetheless if you want to produce relatively straight golf shots the conventional way, follow the above golf swing instructions.

Copyright © 2011 by Gordon Jackson   how to hit a golf ball straight

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