Which Way Is North?

Just wanted to run through some basic terminology for golf ball flight. The information below is correct for a right handed golfer. The starting direction and finishing place is of huge importance when diagnosing the golf swing.

We have the following words to describe ball flight in golf; Straight, Draw, Fade, Pull, Push, Hook, Slice, Pull Hook and Push Slice.

STRAIGHT – Straight ball flight and on target. A to B. Bosh.

DRAW – Curved ball flight from right to left and finishes on target. A to B with curve.

FADE – Curved ball flight from left to right and finishes on target. A to B with curve. Sometimes called a “cut”.

Now we are going to start missing the target…

PULL – Ball flight starts left and finishes left. This ball flight is a straight line, no curvature.

PUSH – Ball flight starts right and finishes right. This ball flight is a straight line, no curvature. Sometimes referred to as a “block”.

HOOK – Ball flight starts right and curves to finishing left of the target.

SLICE – Ball flight starts left and curves to finishing right of the target.

PULL HOOK – Ball flight starts left and finishes further left with curvature. Often referred to as a “snap hook”.

PUSH SLICE – Ball flight starts right and finishes further right with curvature. Often referred to as a “fore right” and you shout it at the top of your voice.

The starting direction is important because it is 86% of where the clubface is aiming at impact. A slice or a push slice could be diagnosed wrongly just because of that starting point of the ball flight, they could have 45° difference in where the clubface is actually aiming at impact but I would agree the balls curve is much the same.

During a bad day – take actual note of where the ball is starting as it makes fixing your ball flight later a whole lot easier. Draw with a pencil on the back of your scorecard if you have to. I sometimes do it in playing lessons and it’s so simple.

Tell me what you tend to do (if you think back in your pre lockdown memory hard enough). Where does the ball tend to start for you? Or do you favour a draw or fade?

If this is of value to you, comment anything you have learnt and hit the like. It would be much appreciated!

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