Swing Path Accuracy

A square swing path is the most accurate. But we see Tour players often hit from the inside out. Gene breaks down the reason for us in today’s video, as well as shares some advice on how you can improve your swing path accuracy.

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7 Responses to Swing Path Accuracy

  1. Rev. Nagi August 14, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    This is a great explanation except for one thing: How does one do this?

    • Gene Parente August 14, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      Good Question. If you are swinging outside/in and have a slice the first step is to have someone video your swing so that you can observe what your downswing looks like.
      After you have recognized what you want to correct the next step is to work on changing the path. To do so you first need to identify the reason for your slice. It can be that you are sliding your left shoulder (right handed player) towards the target at impact, or you are starting your downswing by throwing the club outside and causing your swing path to come inside.
      You can either self identify or have a PGA teaching professional identify your issue.
      Once you have identified there are instructional videos online that can provide teaching tips for how to correct it.
      Identification is the first step and the key towards correction.

    • painter33 August 14, 2018 at 11:29 am #

      As Nike said, “Just do it”! Sure, knowing how and why spin occurs and affects shots is one thing, but correcting or eliminating a swing that enhances dispersion is quite another. As someone once said, “See you local PGA instructor for help”. In other words, this video isn’t that helpful.

  2. David K August 15, 2018 at 1:22 am #

    What is the swing path/face angle of a pro like Koepka of D Johnson who bomb the ball with a fade? It can’t be outside in with an open face.

    • Gene Parente August 15, 2018 at 9:02 am #

      David, this is a good question. The difference between a Tour high draw and a Tour power fade can be 1-2 degrees of face angle difference at impact. Both swings generally start with an inside/out path. The draw swing has a slightly closed club face that creates counter rotational side spin causing the ball to turn to the left.
      If you hit the ball with a square club face to your inside/out target line you will hit the ball straight on that line to the right or what is referred to as a push.
      If you open that club face slightly you will travel on the same line but at the peak of the balls trajectory it will tail off to the right landing softly with what is defined as the power fade.
      The power fade provides a very similar trajectory path to the high draw but instead of turning left like the draw and flattening its descent angle for more roll out, the power fade flares slightly at its peak causing a steeper descent angle and less roll out.
      The power fade swing I describe creates the same high launch low spin initial launch conditions as the draw but does not have as much roll out as the draw swing.

  3. nuthapong September 2, 2018 at 5:14 am #

    What/ How to practice (drill) for square at impact?Sir

    • Gene Parente September 4, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

      A simple exercise is to take two tees and put them just outside of the toe and the heel of the golf club. Start by swinging easy to get the feel for not hitting the tees.
      Once you start making contact with the ball without hitting the tees your club will be relatively square and your path will be relatively square to the target line.
      If you hit the toe tee first you are most likely swinging outside/in and the opposite if you hit the heel tee first.
      You will also have the added benefit with this drill of hitting the ball in the center of the club face as this is where you will make contact if you do not hit either tee during your swing.

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