Differences of Open, Square, and Closed Clubfaces

By Brett Bennett
November 4, 2012

The clubface has probably the most impact on where your ball will end up after hitting it, and there are three primary positions in which it can be:  Open, Square and Closed.  In this video, PGA Professional Todd Kolb breaks down each position, as well as their effect on a shot.  Each position is in relation to the clubface and the shot’s target line, or where you want the ball to go.

–        Square:  This is usually the desired position, and the clubface will be square with the target line.

–        Open:  The clubface will point outward on the target line, away from the golfer.  This will cause the ball to travel to the right if you are right-handed, and left if you are left-handed (fade).

–        Closed:  The clubface will point inward on the target line, causing the ball to travel to the left if you are right-handed or to the right if you are left-handed (draw).

This only explains the clubface in relation to the shot’s target line.  To find out more about hitting a draw, click here.  To learn more about hitting a fade, click here.

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