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Golf Instruction: Explore Your Shot Shape Limits
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April 12, 2018
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Hitting the golf ball "straight" is a concept that no golfer should be chasing. A true straight shot, one where the golf ball rotates backwards with no vertical tilt is virtually impossible to create (it requires a club face and club path that perfect align, among other things). It also creates the opportunity to curve a shot in either direction - hardly predictable and no help to your scoring efforts. Even if you watch the Shot Tracer on the PGA or LPGA Tour you will see that the golf ball is almost always curving on full shots.

The basic face/path relationship (in this article we'll not consider the up or down angle of attack that adds a third dimension for the sake of simplicity) creates the tilt of the golf ball that we see, resulting in curved shots. It is easier to have a curve that moves one way all the time (towards the target, ideally) for more consistency. How you create that curve is between you and your coach; that is a topic we can tackle in a different article, but in most cases we want to use a ball flight with a fairly tight curve to maximize distance and…

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