A golfer has three choices regarding the position of the club face during the swing: you can have a perfectly square club face; you can have an open club face; you can have a closed club face.
If a player has an open or shut club face position, they'll work on getting the face more square.
That approach seems to make sense, at least in technical terms.
Realistically, though, for feel and playing purposes, a shut or open club face may be just right for you.
David Duval won the British Open with a drastically shut club face, and he fired a 59 with the same club position. Also, Paul Azinger won 12 PGA Tour titles with a shut club face.
Duval and Azinger primarily played fades, or left-to-right shots, which proves that a shut face will not necessarily cause a wicked hook.
If you have a tendency to play with a closed club face at the top of the swing, you can still hit solid shots that won't go left. To achieve the power fade from the closed position, allow the club face to release to the sky by cupping your left wrist after impact.
This move minimizes forearm rotation through the ball. You will feel a little scooping action at the bottom, but with some practice, a rhythmic swing will result.
Your closed club face position at the top will be perfect where it counts - at impact.
David Goolsby is director of The International Golf Academy at Jones Creek Golf Club. E-mail questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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