Improve Your Consistency by Mastering Clubface Control

If you struggle with the following swing faults, then this article is for you:

  • Over-the-top downswing
  • Flipping the club at impact
  • Slicing

One of the key causes of these faults is an open clubface and how the body reacts to it. Below you can see an example of a typical slicer’s clubface position – it’s super open:

Here is a typical motion sequence:
  1. Player subconsciously opens the club face (often trying to lag the club more).
  2. The open club face would lead to a push to the right so the player has to make a last moment compensation.
  3. Player is forced to square the clubface at the last moment which leads to a weak flip of the wrists and loss of power.
  4. The out-to-in path creates side spin and a slice.

Pros square the clubface early by using their wrist angles

Typical tour players close the clubface by gradually flexing the lead wrist during the dowswing. Notice how Tommy Fleetwood bows (flexes) the wrist in transition.

Wrist extension (cupping) controls the clubface.

Extension(UP) / Flexion(DOWN)

Diagram of wrist extension and flexion
Extension opens the club face, flexion closes the club face.

Tour players are experts in controlling their wrist angles and the clubface

You can learn the correct angles with HackMotion Clubface Control mode

Based on years of gathering tour player wrist data we have designed a special training mode for learning clubface control and providing suggested wrist angle ranges.

We call it the “Clubface Control mode”. It has 2 main metrics:

Backswing metric – how much extension you added during the backswing. The goal is to keep extension steady or decrease it slightly.

Downswing metric – how much extension you removed at impact compared to address position. It measures how much “bowing” you do. Pros usually bow their wrists somewhere in the range from 15 to 30 degrees at impact, compared to address.

In addition to this you also get extension/flexion data for address, top and impact.


How the HackMotion app works

After each swing, you get the backswing and downswing metrics displayed and you can see if you got inside the suggested tour ranges.

After the session, you get a summary of all your swings and averages to monitor your progress during the session. On the left, you have the data and on the right – a 3D hand avatar.

Finally, you can use audio feedback to accelerate your learning process. Take a look at how UK Top25 coach Al Davies is using biofeedback to improve his own swing.

After reading this you should understand:

  1. What is the pattern that causes a typical slice and a weak flip
  2. How tour players use wrist flexion to control the clubface and the ball flight
  3. How HackMotion Clubface Control mode provides data and feedback to improve your swing.
You can read more about using Clubface Control mode here:

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