Why Golf Balls Travel in Certain Directions

By Ed Ibarguen

Why Golf Balls Travel in Certain Directions

Why Did My Golf Ball Go There?

A lot of my students are very confused about why the ball tends to go where it does when they hit it. Obviously it does not always go where they want it so I thought I would take a minute and help you understand the concept of why a ball goes where it does. Understand that this golf club is going to be moving around your body anywhere from 70 to 120 miles an hour. At that speed the impact is going to be a millisecond. By the time you actually feel it that ball is gone. Here is what we know.

The Face of the Club Overrides the Path

According to the physics of the game, wherever the clubface was pointing when the ball left the face, that is where the ball is going to go. The face overrides the path. That is very important to understand. And what is it that controls the face? It is your hands.

Hands Control The Club Face

One of the things that we like to do is to play good golf you should have your mind in your hands. I credit that to Ben Doyle, a great teacher out in California that talked about keeping your mind in your hands as you come on through. Ben always talks about that. now it is the left hand that controls the clubface, so look in this position just by rotating my left wrists I can move that face in many different directions. Most people try to control the face with their right hand, but the right hand's job is to control the lag of the shaft coming into the shaft. Remember in terms of shaping the shot, and we are going to do a couple of tips on this, wherever the face is when the ball leaves the face that is where the ball is going to go.

Category: Impact
Sub-Category: Hands, Wrist, Trajectory

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