Golf Impact: How to Square the Clubface Consistently

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In this video I explain the correct golf impact and how to square the club face. This is one of the toughest things in golf for people to do although it is a very simple cure. The explanation of this is very easy for anyone to understand. I will also show you some golf impact drills that will give you instant feedback as to if you are doing it correctly. This is one of the most important lessons in golf and will definitely make you a better player.

Most people that play golf are always trying to square the clubface. This is so tough to do and not many players are hitting the ball square or hitting their shots off line. If you do not hit the ball square then your shots are never consistent. So if you want to play your best golf you need to learn how to get to the best golf impact position.

Most people try to make this a very complicated thing, with using tools such as the golf impact bags, while in fact it is quite simple. All you have to do at about 2 feet after contact with irons or 3 feet after contact with woods stretch both arms out as far as they can go. If you start with both arms fully extended and then return them to the same position just after impact you will return the clubface to a square position.

The best drill to do to feel this position is to hit shots and extended both arms after you hit the ball. This will produce the feeling of your arms stretching out. By getting your arms to stretch out this makes your golf sing also very consistent. Your arms are only so long so you will make the same arc on your swing every time.

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Squaring the clubface will make the game more enjoyable. Hitting the ball straighter and longer will definitely improve your current game. Of all the students that I have taught, this helps them hit the ball straight. From now on you never have to think about golf impact but actually after contact to hit the ball well.

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ElSkinsio says:

Your videos are great Paul. Very well explained.

Roli Rivelino says:

Great tip, I think this is linked to the fact that the less effort I put
into hitting the ball, the further it seem’s to go.

pedromcdodge says:

blew… my… mind!
Thanks Paul. Between you and David Leadbetter, you guys have really
improved my game from 18 HCP to 11. Huge respect mate! Thanks

Matt Cody says:

Paul I hope you’re a millionaire after the tip you provide for free. Love
your stuff. Matt Cody (Australia)

zergstar9 says:

Thanks a lot Paul !
By Just watching Your Videos, my score improved by at least 5 strokes ! (
I watched all your videos only once, and applied it to my swing)
And I know it will be even better as more time goes by !
You are the Best teacher I have Seen !
You Rock man !
Thanks A lot !

zergstar9 says:

Usually Shoot 15- 20 over par,
Last 5 roundings, shot 8-14 over par, amazing tips!

William Crownin says:

I don’t understand. if I’m square two feet past the ball, then how can I be
square at impact, too. wouldn’t the club be open at impact? the club
wouldn’t fully be released at impact yet, right?

gp2111 says:


Dave Taylor says:

Hi Paul. Just want to say that this was a ‘lightbulb’ moment for me.
Finally I get it. Went to the range after watching this and hit a bucket of
balls – (all easy short pitch shots) and I can’t believe how effortless it
was. Slowly working it up to speed with the longer clubs. Thanks!

Brad Hastings says:

Wow, I cannot thank you enough. Went to the range today, and I discovered
my wrists were tight and watching your coiling and uncoiling video, I could
tell the difference in the distance and accuracy, and the times I did
replicate my “old” slice I knew right away I either had stiff arms or
wrists. I can’t say thanks enough!

Paul Wilson Golf says:

Because the club is swinging on an arc. Your body is open at impact
therefore the face is open to your body yet square to the path.

Julian Clark says:

Aren’t you supposed to lead your hands at impact?

Mahmood Chowdhury says:

For 6 months i had been searching for this solution. u r so great, thanks

Paul Wilson Golf says:

You should be keeping the arms powerless in the downswing and uncoiling
your lower body to hit the ball.

Miocon says:

Great video Paul. I’ve really struggled with this. I will get to work on
this right away. I’ll let you know the results.

Manny B says:

This is interesting. .it’s Another approach of playing golf, it is very
different from other videos golf training videos, I’m gonna give this a
try, but I think I would start all over again if I try to do this golf
style and technique and even the hip motion are different, I hope this
style works for me so I would be playing golf with less effort and more
consistent if I do it right!!

Damaak85 says:

great vid as usual! thx

Paul Wilson Golf says:

That tip may be on my other channel Ignition Golf Tips or it is definitely
on my golf tips site Ignition Golf.

Paul Wilson Golf says:

Never ever do this. Now you can see why this will never work. Just a few
degrees open or closed and you will hit the ball everywhere. Let it go and
it will square consistently.

Paul Wilson Golf says:

Thank you. I appreciate it.

Vick Hartunian says:

Paul I leant a lot from watching your teachings. I need a few exercise to
learn how to hit the ball with taking divot in front of the ball. Thanks

Paul Wilson Golf says:

You are coiling the shoulders in the backswing. You are uncoiling the lower
body in the downswing. This creates the spring-like effect. This is also
based on torque so it will repeat consistently. These tips are definitely
on my Ignition Golf website. You can check my Ignition Golf Tips Channel
too. They may be on there.

Paul Wilson Golf says:

Thank you.

Bajapalm says:

Thank you for your wonderful teaching! I am trying everything you suggest.
My misses are usually toward the heel. Not sure if it is from getting on my
toes or some other reason. (I have never been fit for clubs) 14 handicap

rollovr15 says:

Great video i have been trying to hold the wrist angle and have really
struggled with consistence thanks i have some food for thought and some
drills to practice

Paul Wilson Golf says:

You already do a one-piece action when you putt. When you do you are not
all tight. So do some putting strokes then stretch your arms out imagining
you have a 7 iron in your hand. If you do you will will do the perfect
one-piece takeaway.

Paul Wilson Golf says:

Not sure. He does swing gently with the short irons so I would think his
wrists are pretty loose.

Marcus says:

This has to be one of the best lessons in golf..

robyrob73 says:

Seen this video several times….. and it just clicked. I used this drill
before but was able to connect the dots a little better this time and
driver/irons were much straighter. This drill however seems to bring back
my baseball balance on the back foot a little more though. I seem to be
thinking about clearing space to release in front but for some reason
revert to falling back a bit. How do I combine both moves better??
Appreciate your work, thx.

Douglas Ramey says:

Paul, love how you explain your methods, really good stuff in every video!

Johnny Nonny says:

the “power off” is the best way to describe the golf swing. Thank you so
much for this paul.

Paul Wilson Golf says:

The club is open to your body but square to the path. It is open to your
body because your body is open when you hit the ball. The club is making an
arc at impact so the face is square to this arc.

Mark Sager says:

Paul, I really like the simple way you describe the swing. I do have a
question, though. You say the club face will be square to the target when
club is released, which is 2 feet after you hit the golf ball. But it needs
to be square at the point of impact. Won’t it be closed at the point of
impact if it is square 2 feet after the point of impact?

Paul Wilson Golf says:

This occurs due to having he right fundamentals. Using the lower body to
power the swing tilts the upper body back in the downswing. Couple this
with the arms fully extending and you get a divot. Buckle the arms or raise
up and you will not get a divot. So loosen your arms and work on power the
swing with your legs and hips. You’ll see.

Paul Wilson Golf says:

Holding the wrist angle can be a killer because you will tighten the
wrists. This will not allow you to hit the widest point of the arc (release
point). Using physics you need to have the mass swing to the widest point.

Dianne Grapentine says:

Paul. How do you do a one piece take away and do this loose wrist cock
movement at the same time. I tried it and they don’t seem to go together.
The one piece take away seems to add a lot of tension. Thanks. Ralph

Bob Reimer says:

Nice explanation of what the swing should look/feel like. Not overly
technical, but very helpful.

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