I was amused the other evening watching the Golf Channel’s instructor, Martin Hall. He spoke about hitting straight golf shots.
He first discussed the importance of hitting straight golf shots with the sweet spot of the clubface contacting the ball squarely at impact.
This was a sound golf swing tip because to hit straight golf shots, the sweet spot of the clubface must contact the ball at the point of impact.
What was so confusing about his instruction, however, was when he later stated that someone had told him the heel of the club face should be in front of its toe by a couple of degrees when the club face contacts the ball.
Therefore, he suggested in order to contact the ball squarely and hit your golf ball straight, you should center the upper toe portion of the clubface directly behind the ball at final address instead of centering the sweet spot of the clubface directly behind the ball.
This not only is conflicting golf swing instructions, it is anatomically incorrect.
Unfortunately, Martin Hall must not know the fundamental flaw of golf which is the very instant a golf club is gripped with either an overlapping, interlocking or baseball style of grip, a slice ball flight alignment will be created.
Worse, any body movement after gripping a club in such manner will cause the ball flight alignment to change, either to a hook, push, pull, push-slice, pull-hook, an even more severe slice or perhaps, although very rarely, to a straight ball flight alignment.
Unless the inherent slice alignment created the very instant such a conventional type of golf grip is formed on a club is converted and locked-in to a straight ball flight alignment, the odds of hitting a perfectly straight golf shot is practicall non-existent. Thus, unless a straight ball flight alignment is locked-in at the completion of the setup proceedings, the ball is likely to fly anywhere but straight, irrespective of how the clubface is centered behind the ball at final address.
If you wish to hit a perfectly straight golf shot to a designated target, you must first lock-in a straight ball flight alignment, center the sweet spot of your clubface as near to the back of your ball as possible and, simultaneously, align your shoulders parallel with your target line at the completion of your setup proceedings.
Then, assuming your elbow line also is aligned parallel with your shoulder and target lines and you execute a non-manipulative golf swing, your ball will fly on a straight path in line with your target, discounting wind conditions and elevation differences between your feet and, between your stance and your ball.
If these golf swing tips are met, the hill and toe of your clubface will contact your ball evenly at impact and any off-setting of the clubface as Martin Hall golf method would do nothing but cause a mishit golf shot.
You will be much better served by complying with time-tested anatomical principles when playing golf, such as centering the sweet spot of your clubface directly behind your ball at final address, instead of trying to out-guess what degree the heel of the clubface is forward of its toe or, vice versa, at the point of impact. That is, if you want to hit straight golf shots.