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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.)

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Squared clubface

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

Hitting the ball with a squared clubface

Open 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

Open clubface will cause the ball to slice

Closed clubface

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

Closed clubface will cause the ball to hook

Summary

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.


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Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials

Websites

Open, closed, and square club faces

What it really takes to square the clubface at impact

The Physics Of Golf - Real World Physics Problems

Physics of Golf - Optimum Loft of a Driver - PDF

Physics of the Club-ball interaction - The Physics of Golf

Sports Resources

Books

Top-rated books on golf


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