Home » Golf Tips Irons » Clubface Motion

The Golf Factory explains clubface motion, the first of ten distinctions between the two prefect golf swings. The two perfect golf swings are The Centrifugal Force Swing (swinging swing) and The Muscular Force Swing (hitting swing).

The first distinction is CLUBFACE MOTION.
The Clubhead follows the arc of the circle created by the relationship of the:

left shoulder, being the center of the circle
the left arm and the club, being the radius of the circle
the clubhead moves along the arc of the circle.

Clubface motion is the relationship of the clubface to the target as the clubface moves through impact with the golf ball.

As the clubhead moves along the arc of the left shoulder circle, the clubhead approaches the ball from inside the target line, from above the ground and from behind the target.

This clubhead motion is moving in three directions all at the same time:

from inside the target line outward towards the target line
from behind the target forward towards the target
from above the ground downward towards the ground

In the Centrifugal Force Swing the clubface moves from open to the target, to square to the target and then closed to the target.
The Clubface is slightly open to the target as it approaches the ball. The Clubface strikes the back inside quadrant of the ball. As the clubface moves through the impact zone, the clubface strikes the ball, carries it foward and releases the ball as the clubface squares up to the target. The clubface continues to close in its relationship with the target. The hands do nothing to inhibit this motion of moving from open to square to closed to the target. The clubface stays square to the arc of the circle. This action is called Horizontal Hinging. Horizontal Hinging naturally produces a slight draw.

In the Muscular Motion Swing the clubface moves from open to the target, to square to the target and then tries to stay square to the target. The Clubface strikes the back inside quadrant of the ball. As the clubface moves through the impact zone, the clubface strikes the ball, carries it foward, and releases the ball as the clubface squares up to the target. The Hands make a conscious effort to keep the clubface square to the target.The clubface opens to the arc of the circle. This action is called Angle Hinging. Angled Hinging naturally produces a slight fade.

The first difference between the two perfect golf swings is the natural motion of the hands through impact with the ball as opposed to the manipulation of the hands through impact with the ball.

About the author: Howard McMeekin, PGA, has been studying “The Golfing Machine” since 1985. His website at Myrtle Beach Golf Pros is making his E-book “The Golf Factory” available, Free!!! While you are visiting his website, let him give you a free quote for a Myrtle Beach golf packages vacation. You have full permission to reprint this article provided this box remains unchanged.