Chapter # Thirteen - The Golf Ball Flight Causes
What causes a golf ball to go where it does?
Why does it go STRAIGHT, HOOK OR SLICE?
Why does it Go HIGH or LOW?
A golf ball reacts to the forces that causes it to move from a starting point to a different resting point. In the game of golf, this force is applied with the golf club's clubhead. The speed of the clubhead and the squareness of the impact are the determining factors in the distance and direction the golf ball travels.
- Most golfers swing the clubhead through impact with the golf ball at less than 100 miles per hour.
- Better amateurs swing the clubhead with speeds over 100 miles per hour.
- Tournament golfers typically have swing speeds above 115 miles per hour.
STRAIGHT BALL FLIGHT
A golf ball goes straight, because the force (Center of Gravity of the clubhead) passes through the center lower portion of the golf ball. This impact force causes it to leave the clubface down the start line with backspin. The start line is the intial direction of the golf ball's flight. All golfers strive for the start line and the target line to be the same. The amount of backspin is determined by the loft of the clubface and the center of gravity of the clubhead. The lower the center of gravity the more backspin applied to the ball, the higher the ball will go. Ideally the backspin will align with the start line.
LEFT BALL FLIGHT (HOOK / DRAW)
A golf ball moves from right to left, because the force (Center of Gravity of the Clubhead)passes through a point outside of the center of the golf ball.
RIGHT BALL FLIGHT (SLICE / FADE)
A golf ball moves from left to right, because the force(Center of Gravity of the clubhead)passes through a point inside of the center of the golf ball.
HEIGHT OF THE BALL FLIGHT
The Height a golf ball reaches is determined by speed of the clubhead through impact and the squareness of the clubface through impact. The higher the speed of the clubhead and the squarer the impact of the clubface the higher the ball will go. The more loft that a clubface has the quicker the ball will reach it's optimum height.
The height of the flight of the golf ball can be manipulated by the speed of the clubhead, squareness of the impact and the increase or decrease of the effective loft of the clubface.