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.

What is Swing Path Accuracy?  We all know a square swing path is the most accurate. But we see Tour players often hit from the inside out.

Swing Path Accuracy

Gene Parente from Golf Labs breaks down why swing path accuracy is so important in today’s how to golf video and shares advice on how you can improve your swing path accuracy.



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  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.

  4. DUANE

    January 30, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Mr. Parente,

    I criticized you before for talking beyond our “dick and Jane” knowledge, meaning you are very sophisticated in the swing mechanics and we are not so unless you tell us in very basic language we will not really understand everything you say.

    That said, this video was 100% better – it was clear and understandable EXCEPT for one item: “lateral dispersion”.
    What the hell is that?

    People may want to use the impact tape to see if hitting squarely.

    • Gene Parente

      January 31, 2019 at 11:53 am


      I appreciate your criticism and will work on it in the future. Always good to get feedback.
      Lateral dispersion means accuracy. We measure dispersion or how far the ball goes off of the centerline laterally in feet.


  5. Peter Dignan

    March 6, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Very good tips and expanaitions. Thank you.


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