Missing Left? Think Twice About Why

Scott Sackett Toe Impact StrikeWe all have a miss on the golf course that seems to come up more than others. The key is to understand the why of each of these misses so one can properly assess the reality of what’s happened and any corrections which need to be made. In the player image on the left, notice the yellow circle (primary target) and the yellow line (aiming point). The goal being to start the ball on the yellow line and draw it to the yellow circle.

To hit a traditional draw, you would want the Club Path to be traveling farther to the right than where the Face Angle is pointing. This shot finished 16.8 feet left of the yellow circle so you would expect to see the Club Path farther right than the Face, however we don’t. Instead we see a Club Path of +6.3 (right) and a face pointing farther to the right than the Club Path at +6.6. If anything, this ball should start near the yellow line and fall slightly right but it doesn’t.

When you’re missing left, especially off the tee, make sure and pay attention to where the ball is being struck on the face. Notice the red circle on the right player image where the ball was struck, slightly on the toe. A driver face is shaped like a half moon, curved from heel to toe so the toe is open to center of the club face (heel=closed, toe=open.) 1 inch on the heel or toe is approximately 5.2 degrees closed or open to the center of the club face. In our example, the Face Angle registered 6.6 degrees open. This means, the ball was struck a little over an inch from the center of the face on the toe.

Some keys you can focus on to better interpret your ball flight are:Scott Sackett Toe Impact

  • Where was the ball struck on the face? You can use face tape or if you have a dark driver face, Dr Scholls foot spray works well. Making this part of your post shot analysis will give you valuable information.
  • With a Club Path traveling directly down the target line, a ball struck on the heel or toe will work back to the target respectively. The heel fading and toe drawing (for a right handed player).
  • If the ball over draws and it was struck on the toe, you can be confident the Club Path was traveling out to the right. A Club Path which is right with a toe impact or a club path which is left with a heel impact will curve the ball the most.

Pay a little more attention to your ball flight and start lowering your scores!

By | 2018-05-14T02:52:02+00:00 May 30th, 2016|Arizona Golfer, Instruction, Magazine Articles, Recent, TrackMan|0 Comments

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