SQUARING THE CLUBFACE | Paddy's Golf Tip #22 | Padraig HarringtonJun 14, 2022
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golftips this could be the holy grail for many people how to make the
clubfacesquare at impact as usual there is a little twist to this gold medal winner and champion
golfer of the year is podrick
harringtonwhat you really have to learn is where your hands are or where the
clubfaceis at impact to know when to frame it so what do i mean by that? A lot of people assume that I'm looking at a lot of amateurs when I'm playing pro-ams assume that the body has a lot to do with the clubface at impact, so a lot of people will think that if I spin more, I'll open up the clubface wide. stick if box more i'll close the club face and things like that your hips have an effect on where your torso is your torso has an effect on where your shoulders are your shoulders have an effect on where your arms are your arms have an effect on where there's your wrists but the only thing controlling the clubface is your w rists and hands nothing else is ok this is the only thing that's why we like to have a good grip and we've talked about grip before you know all about fingers left hand thumb on top and then the pad continues you can look that's pretty high you don't want it like that it's not a secure grip you want it much further down on the finger, on a fingertip, on the fingers of the right hand and sit there ok so it gives you a good move anyone with a strong grip you are setting yourself up for a lot of trouble a strong grip is usually when the right hand is here and you can see a lot of this grip a weak grip is not that bad like that that some people can play pretty decent golf right-overhand it's very difficult to golf well right-hand underbut all of that has relevance to the clubface, the only thing that controls where the face is of the club is your grip, so yes, you can open your body excessively and it would affect where your arms are and your hands are and his hands would have to recover from there, but it's still his hands that are doing the recovery, he gets the club's face club, so most people, as I said, have no idea where the clubface is, they have no idea what their hands are doing with their impact. and they're much more focused on your body but ultimately your hands and that's what it's all about learning where the clubface is and you'll do that by learning where your hands are at any given time well at impact I guess for me this it's pretty clear, you can have closed clubface, open clubface or square clubface, you can have d loft, normal loft or add loft, and you can swing square or off the line, that's it 27 different hits. a basic level obviously there's my new details that you can add in a deep shot you can add a lot of other things but I'm just asking you to learn two shots all you need to know is two shots to know where the stick is. face is very simple let's exaggerate from left to right Close and open well to establish where the square is.
We're not trying to try to square the clubface because that's why a lot of people look for those minutiae, but we're really going to go one side. short and so the other side opens up and the more you go left and right, left and right, it will get tighter and tighter and eventually you'll have a good idea of how to square the club, so a very simple drill, we're just going to those two things, one, we want you to get the clubface and again, because this is a drill, you have to swing well into yourself, we're talking about maybe 70 speed, we are not talking as if the idea was to play. at 90 percent, sometimes you practice at 100, but you play at 90.
When you're really training something, you turn it down a bit to start with, so we're here at 70, almost a long shot, so if I have a seven-iron in the hand and it would start, everyone should take a couple of shots to see how far their clu's are. b going to do whatever they choose I'm going for a seven iron here I hit 190 yards I'm going to tone it down I'm probably going to be aiming for around 150 yards with this shot just to make it easier and more relaxed what I'm doing is fine , so the two shots we're trying to hit here we're going to try to learn how to get the clubface if that was square, we're going to try and learn how to close the clubface very short at impact and then we're going to try to learning how to open the clubface at impact those two exaggerations what you will tend to find and this goes back to what I said is most people think their body dictates where the clubface is and they spend a lot of time working on the clubface to deter or regret they spend a lot of time working on their body to possibly determine their swing plane and I say for most people the reality is if you hit the clubface your body will follow and your swing will follow it so if you are someone who practices SL freeze the ball trying to work on body positions to heal the cut you better work on the clubface and then your body positions will follow the clubface and not the other way around so let's see what we're going to do here so for me I'm pretty good here I'm going to take a normal setup and when I swing down I'm just going to close the club face down now you can turn it off by tilting your wrist left down and down like So or putting your right wrist over top you can start with it closed and swing normal ok then you have two options but we want to learn how to get this shot now as you can see here, this is where I m square but by the time I start to close the clubface I dont want to lose the golf balls in the trash here so I am aiming right and it will make me take the ball out and see what I hit ed. a big hook i've hit the ball with that clubface or at least the feel of that clubface was probably more that way but it was like that The feel of a real shock clubface.
I can do that from a square position, so I just wrap it around as I walk in. I'm just wrapping it like this so I'm learning what gets shuffled the one time I throw. it would be handy on the golf course if i was going around the tree coming out of the trash something like that i would say every second shot so short now i'm going to do the opening i'm going to open it and i'll regret it grab and hit this big sleeve high again it wouldn't be very useful on the golf course, except if you were getting out of trouble.
I can do it from a square position, just flip the stick down to get in there. I'm just flipping the stick as much as I can underneath it's a huge overkill and if you flip the stick like that all the time it wouldn't be helpful but if you're flipping these two over and over and feeling it sit. to close then feel what is open suddenly you have an idea of what your hands are doing remember your hands control your body not the other way around don't make your hands control the clubface and where your body is don't do body centered body centered is ultimately for elite golfers who have already learned where their hands are for most people and I mean most people up to very short one figure golfers , it's very much about knowing where your hands are and you can just reduce how much you hook and cut but just nice and relaxed at first i'm going to go for the cut there you can see I'm starting to lean the club back open it up and I get the feeling that there's another side to this you know that's why i think harvey penick said this practicing your chipping teaches you how to where the clubface is and by extension makes you a better all around swinger in a golf club.
Practicing your long swing never makes you a better chipper. That right hand on top, and to be honest, I don't care how you figure out how to do it, as long as you can figure out how to close or open the clubface, in this case. I'm going to open it. just like that and the more I go forward and back the more I understand where my clubface is and the beauty of this drill is like I said once you get used to what the blow is at impact your body will start to respond where you need it to. be to make the shot so if I turn that off I know it's going to go left so all of a sudden I'm going to move a little bit to the right start off good with a big draw but the key to everyone. you have to learn how to drive to close that thing and turn left and open and turn right and if you can figure those two things out then you can speed up a little more get used to it you can reduce the size of how much open and how much closed how short it is how much open you can reduce that over time but the main thing at the beginning is a big exaggeration of the movement make it as short as possible which you will probably find on the way and that is why I said if you started and hit some full seven irons I would say that an amateur says you're hitting that seven-iron 150 yards, he starts doing this drill and boils it down to like, uh, he knows seventy percent will really find that this strong clubface, one where with his shot, in it will actually go 150 yards even at 70 percent and cut one no matter how hard you hit it you will never go 150 yards so how far do you hit the golf ball with an iron and a Little with the driver has as much to do with where the clubface is than it does with swing speed. so having a stronger or jerky clubface will definitely give you more distance and you will find that as you practice this you probably get closer to hitting two shots with a stronger clubface and only one shot with an open clubface but in the beginning we're going to do exactly one by one blink look very simple keep it right inside you i'm going to do a nice square setup normal setup here i'm aiming a little bit towards the middle of the range now because i'm going to close the stick upside down and draw and I have a very nice drawing going there close it ok that will come on top the left wrist will feel like it's leaning like that ok and again open it would move this way how you look.
I can already start to go back and get the feel of the club moving under the ball like I said almost like a long long shot and we got that great big slice shot keep in mind the face of that club it's the key to playing gold golf there are only two things you must be if you are new to the game there are only two things you must learn to become a golfer you must learn to swing the club very athletically so that it is as fast as you can that is the same athleticism you were going to use when you were throwing a ball swinging a stick when you were a kid ok move the stick as fast as you can or at least learn to swing as fast as you can don't worry about a thing if you could make it faster that's more efficient and then once you've learned how to be athletic then you need to learn where the clubface is just two things this teaches you where the clubface is and we'll talk again in another video on how do what your swing is athletic
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