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Angles and Paths De-Mystified

Today’s lesson risks getting a bit technical – it involves golf jargon.
Jargon is defined as: “special words or expressions used by a profession or group that are difficult for others to understand.”

When we break it down though – you’ll soon see there is nothing really difficult about it.

If you watch enough golf, or read enough about golf – before long you’ll be hearing “face angle”, “club path”, “attack angle”. Your head might be spinning and you’re getting tighter and tighter over the ball thinking, slightly closed or should it be open?, in to out – or is it out to in?, oh boy, do I hit up or down?…no wonder it is so hard to hit the ball!!

Here’s what they all mean so you can relax and just hit your shot.

What is Face Angle?

Face Angle is the direction the clubface is pointed (right or left) at impact and is measured relative to the target line. Most golfers refer to this as having an “open” or “closed” club face.

Face angle is the most important number when determining the starting direction of the golf ball. The ball will launch very closely to the direction the club face (face angle) is pointed at impact.

What is Club Path?

The in-to-out or out-to-in movement of the club head’s geometric center at the time of maximum compression. Club Path is the direction the club head is moving (right or left) at impact and is measured relative to the target line. Most golfers relate this number to hitting the ball “in-to-out” or “out-to-in”.

What is Attack Angle?

The up or down movement of the club head at the time of maximum compression. The attack angle is measured relative to the horizon.

If you’re not hitting the ball like you want to – come and see us in the pro shop and arrange a lesson. Everyone is different – some people love all the technical jargon and want to understand every element of the swing, broken down piece by piece so they can put it back together in an improved sequence. Others don’t want to think about that, they just want some simple queues that will trigger the desired response without them realising it. That’s where the Golf Pro comes into play. We match our teaching to the pupil to get the best result for every individual. Not playing how you want? We’ve got your back! Come and see us. Our #1 priority is to help you play better golf. Better golf = more enjoyable golf!!