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What is Club path and Face to path?

GETS Golf at Randpark Club have a lot of exciting technology.

Trackman, Inrange and Flightscope to name but a few.

We are often asked questions about club path and face to path. Some of our clients have a poor initial understanding of what they are or more importantly what they should be.

Golf requires precision, technique, and repeatability. Not all golfers need to swing the same.

As golfers, we constantly strive to improve our swings and lower our scores. We are going to highlight two critical factors that greatly influence the outcome of a shot, they are club path and face to path.

GETS Golf will help demystify these concepts and explore their connection, providing you with a better understanding of how they impact your game.

Club Path:

The horizontal direction of the club head’s geometric centre movement at the time of maximum compression. (Trackmangolf.com)

The path that the clubhead takes from the backswing to impact is known as the club path. It's the actual trajectory of the club as it moves through space. The club path can either be straight, in-to-out, or out-to-in.

Club Path In-to-Out
Club Path In-to-Out





In-to-Out:

The club is moving directionally to the right of the target at impact.

An in-to-out club path is required to hit a draw.










Club Path Out-to-In
Club Path Out-to-In




Out-to-In:

The club is moving directionally to the left of the target at impact.

An out-to-in club path is required to hit a fade.










Club Path In-square-in
Club Path In-square-in




Straight/in-square-in:

The club is moving directionally straight to the target at impact.

Club path is a part of what influences shape/curve of a shot. It also in part determines the starting direction.






Face to Path:

The angle difference between face angle and club path as defined (face angle minus club path). (Trackmangolf.com)

The face to path relationship is the angle between the clubface and the club path at the moment of impact. The Direction your clubface points.

Face to path is a major factor in determining your expected shape/curve of a golf shot. With a centered strike the ball should curve towards the face angle and away from the club path.

Face to Path Open
Face to Path Open






Open:

The face would be pointing right of path.










Face to Path Closed
Face to Path Closed






Closed:

The face would be pointing left of path.









Face to Path Square
Face to Path Square






Square:

The face would match the path.









The Relationship Between Club Path and Face to Path:

The club path and the face to path relationship is crucial. It directly influences the ball's flight path and whether it travels straight, fades, or draws.


Straight Shot:

When the club path is straight and the face is square to the path, the ball will generally travel directly towards the target.

Fade or Slice:

An out-to-in club path (or aiming left) with an open face (pointing right) creates sidespin, resulting in a fade or slice. The ball starts left of the target and curves right. A fade finishes on target and a slice right of target.


Draw or Hook:

An in-to-out club path (or aiming right) with a closed face (pointing left) generates sidespin, resulting in a draw or hook. The ball starts right of the target and curves left. A draw finishes on target and a hook left of target.


With practice and guidance from your PGA Professional, you can fine-tune your swing to optimize your club path and face to path relationship, ultimately improving your performance on the golf course.

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