Let’s look at two common basic misses. The pull slice and snap hook.
Here is where understanding the new ball flight laws and how shaft angle affects things is so helpful.
Explaining things in detail will get too wordy and read like a chapter from The Golf Machine. I am going to give a basic explanation (that is still fairly complex), then make a video that I will post tomorrow that makes it more clear.
Basically a pull slice is the club face aimed left of the target and the path waaaaaaay left of the target. These are the result of an over the top move and a really steep shaft.
The way to improve this is the get the right arm rotating under and into the body. That shallows the shaft, brings the path and club face more toward the target line.
Devil’s advocate would say this move is going to open the club more and make it slice more. The answer is it makes the club face and path match better, which makes the ball go straighter.
And since a pull slice the face is aimed left…wouldn’t we want the club pointing more right to hit it straight?
Good, that means I still have a job.
The same works for the big hook. Path too far from the inside (shaft too shallow) and face open to that path. The body recognizes this, hips stall, hands flip…snap hook.
Rotating the left arm over and into the body steepens the shaft and rotates the club closed onto the path and more out in front of your turn, bringing the path more left.
So if you are scratching your head and saying….”Wait, wait , wait. Did this fool just say open the face and swing more right to stop a slice and close the face and swing more left to stop a hook?”
Guess what? 5 years ago I would have thought this was insanity and the person writing it was a moron.
I promise you it’s true and if you are ridiculously confused, the video will help and many of you are on the cusp of a journey that will reduce and maybe even eliminate your hooks and slices.