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Monday, July 23, 2012
Mis-Hits and Ball Flight Video w/John Graham
a great video done by 3Jack Top-20 Golf Instructor, John Graham, showing how
ball flight can sometimes be deceptive it what is actually going on at
One thing…1-dimple on a
golf ball is supposed to be roughly 0.14 inches. In the video, Graham clearly
can tell that he hit the ball off the toe. He estimates that he missed the
sweetspot by about ½-inch. Now remember, the sweetspot is about the size of a
needle point. It is NOT an ‘area’ around the center of the club. It is extremely
minute in size.
So when John misses by roughly ½-inch, he’s missing by
roughly 3.5 dimples. Where ball flight can confuse golfers even more is when the
golfer misses by less than 3.5 dimples because they tend to not even feel that
mis-hit. It doesn’t mean you can’t hit great shots, but it can help explain some
things more clearly about your swing and you can use that knowledge and work on
your mechanics and/or change your equipment specs to start hitting the ball on
the sweetspot. Of course, you could run into an issue of now hitting the ball on
the sweetspot due to changing your specs, but hitting more inaccurate shots
because your impact conditions are designed to hit that push-cut that John shows
in the video.
In that sense, it’s much like fixing your aim in putting.
One can certainly be a great putter despite mis-aiming their putter at address.
But, it requires compensatory moves to consistently get that putter face
pointing at the target at impact. And if they don’t, that can cause a myriad of
other problems like hitting the ball harder or softer to get the ball into the
cup. And from there, it can snowball into some awful putting.
impact tape/spray is good to have and test out what is going on at impact from
time to time. When I fit golfers for clubs, the last thing we fit is the lie
The reason being is that there are many factors that go into
fitting the lie angle that can alter where you strike the ball on the clubface.
Typically we find the head, shaft and shaft length first. Then we figure out the
MOI using a 6-iron and trying to find their approximate fitted lie angle for
I’ve had golfers, including myself, mis-hit the 6-iron
towards one part of the clubhead and start to think the club is too flat for
them. But as we add weight and get their optimal MOI, they not only see their
impact dispersion get smaller, but they start finding the sweetspot as well. So
sometimes it’s not a lie angle issue, but a weight/MOI issue.
get the head, shaft, shaft length, grip and MOI fitted and I get the clubs, I
then assemble the club and I instruct the customer to get the impact tape/spray
out with each iron and hit 3-5 shots. The good part of the MOI fitting is that
it will keep the impact dispersion small and in one area. So the golfer should
not be too confused as to where they are striking the ball on the face. You
won’t see them hit 3 shots towards the toe and 1 towards the heel. Generally if
they are hitting a shot off the toe, they will now hit every shot off the toe.
And we now know that they have to bend the lie angle upright to some degree.
I’ve also found that impact tape/spray is very helpful when you mis-hit
a shot and miss the sweetspot low or high. Sometimes a shot can FEEL like a toe
hit when instead you hit it up too high on the face, even off the heel.
So not only can a Trackman and some impact tape/spray help your swing,
but it can help you find the right equipment for your game. You can find John at