Golf Clubface Angles
by Ron Kurtus (28 November 2016)
The classification of golf clubface angles are: squared, open, and closed. Each has its function in controlling the ball in the game.
(Note: Illustrations are viewed looking down at the ball and clubface angle.)
Questions you may have include:
- What is a squared clubface?
- What is the purpose of an open clubface?
- What is the purpose of an closed clubface?
This lesson will answer those questions.
If you want the greatest distance straight down the fairway, you would want to have a perfect swing and hit the ball with a squared clubface, perpendicular to the direction of flight. Of course the type of golf club used will determine the loft of the ball.
Hitting the ball with a squared clubface
If you hit the ball with a perfect swing with a open face, the ball will most likely spin such that it will fade or slice. This can be an advantage in getting around obstacles, as well as to increase the roll of the ball.
Open clubface will cause the ball to slice
If you hit the ball with a perfect swing with a closed face, the ball will usually hook. If it is intentional, it can be an advantage in getting around obstacles on the course.
Closed clubface will cause the ball to hook
You can adjust the your clubface angle between squared, open, and closed by having a perfect swing but yet adjusting the way you hit the ball.
Use all the tricks available
Resources and references
The Physics Of Golf - Real World Physics Problems
Physics of the Club-ball interaction - The Physics of Golf
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