Instruction – Aim For Success

Aim where you want the golf ball to start, not finish
Aim where you want the golf ball to start, not finish

Aim where you want the golf ball to start, not finish

We all want to hit a “straight” golf shot but the reality is that it is a rare beast. Ask any instructor who makes use of launch monitor technology and they will tell you that a golf ball flying with no tilt (referred to as spin axis) to one side or the other is pretty elusive. In thousands and thousands of measured shots it is rare to witness a ball spinning with absolutely no tilt.

Close yes, perfectly vertical, not as much.

Despite this many golfers have been taught to aim for the possibility. As in, line up the club face to the final target.

You’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

The fact is, just taking into account the difference between club face and path alone (without considering ball strike location on the face), we are always more likely to curve the ball with each golf shot.We need to curve the ball TO our target. But golfers are continually taught to aim at a target that their shots will curve AWAY from.

There is a more logical way.

Before we move on though, you have to first understand a little about golf ball flight and your club face.

Not long ago golfers were taught to aim the club face where they wanted the golf ball to end up. They were told that the path is where the golf ball will start. You remember hitting those resulting hooks where the ball dove left quickly, right?

We now know better thanks to proper tools to measure the situation, including doppler radar devices and high speed cameras.

The club face is primarily responsible for where the golf ball will start and the difference between the path and face will create the curvature. If there is a difference in the angle of the club face and the path, the ball will curve away from the club head path.

So don’t aim where you want the ball to finish; aim where you want it to start, relative to the shape you normally create with your path.

So how do can you hit a draw? Or at least, how can you set up to hit the shot?

You’ll see in the photo that the alignment rod on the left is aiming at the final target. The right alignment rod indicates the path of the club. The club face is aligned in between the two, with the intentions of starting the ball slightly right of the target line and curving the ball back to target.

It often boggles peoples’ minds that you can hit a draw with an “open” club face. Yes, it is open, but it is closed to the path, creating the “draw” tilt on the ball toward the target line.

Playing for the curvature with the proper aim gives us a much better chance of landing the golf ball on target.

So, aim where you want the ball to start, not finish, and, with a suitable club head path, you’ll be on your way to hitting your target more often.

For further clarification see your personal golf coach and discuss whether you are aiming for success or failure with your club face set up.