Controlling the Club Face and Side Spin

Controlling the Club Face and Side Spin

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This drill and the environment it creates is as good as learning gets! It is possibly my favourite session with a student and one that I would use with players from novice to professional. This is why I rate it so much:

When attempting this drill, you are completely connected to the task of ball control. You have immediate feedback on your success. There is enough technical/explicit information to understand the key movement effectors but you will be in external focus throughout the swing. Not only will you learn how to control to create the various ball flights, you will be learning very quickly, what goes wrong on your bad shots.

Moreover, many of my students report a level of automaticity and channelled task focus that they had never previously experienced. i.e, " I was aware of the clubface but forgot to think about all the other aspects that I normally think about; yet, I hit the ball really well".

Caveats to the Exercise

• When you do the circle drill you won't know for sure what the face angle is but don't be perturbed. Swing slow but keep the club moving and make your best guess as to where the face is at impact. When you hit the ball the flight will confirm or otherwise, your decision.guess

• Be mindful not to change the swing path of the club as you manipulate the face. I.E. It is very easy to hit a hook by swinging over the top of the plane and closing the face as you do this. Equally, a push slice with an in-out path is easily achievable for some. We are trying to manipulate the club face only. This is an advanced skill but one that is essential to your development.




Movement Psychology

At the core of this exercise are the connections/associations that are made between the angle of the club face and the feeling in your arms and hands. If at any point you lose the feeling of how to hold the face open or rotate it to a closed alignment, then go back to the circle drill for a few reps. When doing this, remember that it isn't just the feeling at impact that you need to latch on to but the feeling of the arms well past the ball into the follow through.

I get most of my sensory feedback through the right forearm but it may well be different for you. If my right arm is supinated (facing upward) then I know the face is open and vice versa.