Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 530 - Wed. October 31st, 2018
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Tom's Featured Tip: 3 Visuals To Help You Shape Your Shots
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Tom's Featured Tip: 3 Visuals To Help You Shape Your Shots

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Shot shaping - curving the ball either way or hitting it straight - is often considered to be an advanced skill. I disagree, because the physics involved in hitting shots that curve encompass the basic tenets of ball striking.

Ball striking is the first lesson on the agenda when a student opts for a five lesson package with me, and the first thing we cover in that lesson are the rules of ball flight.

It's a pretty simple concept:
  • The initial starting direction of a ball's flight is caused by face angle: it starts wherever the face is pointing. It's not the swingpath that causes the initial direction, the swing path causes the curvature. To be 100% precise, the ball starts wherever it's pointing around 85% of the time - the driver can be the exception due to the bulge and roll manufactured into a driver's face.

  • Ball flight curvature occurs when there is a difference between the direction where the clubface is pointing and the direction of the swingpath at impact.
It's really no more complicated than that.

It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are three images to burn this curvature concept into your brain.


For a straight shot, your clubface angle and your swing path angle need to match up.


If you have access to a simulator, you would like to see a 50% relationship between your face angle and swing path to produce a soft draw. If your outward swing path measured 4 degrees, you would like to have the face closed 2 degrees to that path.


For a slight fade, you would shoot for an inward swing path measuring 4 degrees, with the face open 2 degrees to that path.

For either direction of curvature, when the degree of difference between the face direction and the swingpath increases or decreases, the severity of the curvature changes accordingly.

If you don't have access to a simulator, you can still experiment with the feel for the amount of closed or open clubface to your swingpath and observe the curvature. I actually prefer that a student learns to curve the ball this way on the range, to get a feel for actually causing the curvature.

I could expound on drills and technique tips for producing curvature, but I'm not going to.

Here's why: if you understand the principles involved for curving the ball, you can figure the rest out yourself. And when you do, the technique comes along for free as an added benefit because you've taught it to yourself.

In addition to the information on how to curve the ball, there's another important lesson to be learned here: understand the physics behind the shot you want to hit, then experiment at the range until you can execute that shot.

When you teach yourself to master a skill that way, it sticks.

Try it, you'll like it.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan