Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 736 - November 2, 2022
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Master The Motion Before You Master The Shot.
"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
Important Than Hitting 200 Balls"

Tom's Featured Tip: Ball Curvature Fix Concept

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Ball Curvature Fix Concept

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

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Ball Curvature Fix Concept

I listen to golf podcasts regularly, and one of my favorites is "Golf In The Life". I recently listened to a two part broadcast featuring Jim Hardy, who is a one plane swing advocate. I read his book "The Plane Truth For Golfers" several years back.

I'm now reading a new book that he was talking about in the podcast called "Solid Contact" which I bought because he claimed that most golf swing problems have a "one fix" solution. Spoiler alert - if ain't so. He stated that if that fix doesn't work try this, then this, etc.

However, the book does have redeeming value. When I study golf by attending a seminar, reading a book, watching a video, discussing issues with fellow professionals,etc. the more usable information I get the better. Having said that, if I take away ONE usable concept or process, it's money and/or time well spent .

I got that from Jim Hardy, and interestingly it wasn't from the book - it was from the podcast which was recorded well after the book was published. Apparently Jim Hardy is open to new concepts also.


The reason that I pay close attention to concepts, or new ways to express concepts to my students, is that I believe that they are instrumental in improving your swing and your game in general.

It has been scientifically proven that thinking often, deeply, and correctly about a swing concept actually reinforces the neural pathways in your brain that you are physically working on to create your swing skills.

The Important Concept From The Podcast

Every golfer who studies ball flight, and every student that I teach. gets exposed to the physics involved in the curvature of ball flight.
  • The ball curves left to right or right to left because at impact the clubface is either open to the path (left to right curvature) or it's closed to the path (right to left curvature).
Hardy's unique way of expressing this below is a concept that I'm going to present to my students from here on in:
  • A ball curves left to right because the path is to the left of the clubface, and the ball curves right to left because the path is to the right of the clubface.

    To me this concept is profound in it's simplicity.
He applies this explanation to players that are trying to make corrections by manipulating the clubface with excessive use of their hands, when a different fix may be necessary.

His research showed that better players that were experiencing unwanted or unexpected curvature were actually zeroing out the clubface at impact. That means that the face was square to their intended target.

Most players experiencing unwanted curvature think that the clubface orientation to the path is the first thing that needs to be addressed, when actually a path direction adjustment may need to considered first.

I'm making an experienced based guess here that there may be players in addition to "high level players" that are also zeroing out the face at impact and observing unwanted curvature.

The profound takeaway here is to add the thought of the path having at least equal weight in influencing the curvature in addition to the clubface orientation, and perhaps trying a path related fix initially - not the more frequently recommended face orientation related fix first.

I'm not suggesting that you should ignore the face fix as an option, just that you give each a try separately and see what works best.

A ball curves left to right because the path is to the left of the clubface, and the ball curves right to left because the path is to the right of the clubface..

Don't let the simlplicity fool you - think about it, you might like it.

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Tom Tucker
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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