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Understanding the 9 Ball Flight Laws

To be able to self correct when out on the golf course is the most valuable lesson any teacher could ever teach you. Learning the concepts of why your ball might react to a miscue in your swing is a paramount step a student must undertake, before he can begin to correct himself out on the golf course. This Diagram and blog entry will provide you with a base understanding of how your swing plane and clubface affect the direction and distance your ball travels.

The first thing you need to know is that the face of your club is the overriding factor in where your ball will travel. This essentially means that you could make a swing that was perfectly in rhythm and perfectly on plane, and yet you could still hit a slice that went 40 yards out of bounds. How is this possible? Well, if the face of your club was severely open at impact, it wouldn’t matter how you compensated, your ball would have slice spin on it. If your club was severely closed, it would have had the opposite affect, and the ball would have had hook spin on it, causing it to have hooked 40 yards out of bounds the opposite way.

1. If your clubface is OPEN at impact, your ball will have SLICE spin on it. If your face is CLOSED at impact, your ball will have HOOK spin on it.

The second thing you need to know is how the Swing Plane affects the direction of your ball. But before we go there, lets talk about what a swing plane is. 2. The Swing Plane is basically just the arc or path your club travels along throughout the swing.

But how does this arc or path affect the direction your ball travels? First of all, 3. there are 3 basic types of Swing planes. A swing plane that is Inside-Square-Inside, a plane that is Inside to Outside, and a common problem among poor golfers, a swing plane that is Outside to Inside.

In the Diagram above. A swing that is Inside-Square-Inside will follow along the blue line. A swing that is Outside-In will follow along the red line. A Swing that is Inside-Out will follow along the yellow line. As shown in the picture above, an Outside-In swing plane will lead to a pull (left), and Inside-Out plane will lead to a shot that is a push (right). Flip everything if your a lefty. (and shame on you)

OK. Everyone with me so far? Now let’s put these two concepts together to understand the 9 ball flight laws.

When you are looking at the diagram above, pretend you are looking at it from a birds eye view.

In ball flight # 1 (the duck-hook) the player is coming outside-in and with a closed clubface. With this plane the shot will be a pull, and due to the clubface being closed, it would have hook spin on it. Had the cluface been square at impact, it would have been ball flight #2. Had the face been open, it would have been #3 since in all three shots the plane was outside in.

In ball flight #9 (the push-slice) the player is coming on a plane that is inside out. On top of that the clubface is open at impact. Had the player come inside-out and managed to square his clubface, the shot would have been a dead push (ball flight #8). The swing-plane causes the push, but it is the position of the clubface at impact that decides whether or not it will be a push-hook, a push, or a push slice.

Everyone wants to hit a draw or fade on command. To do so, all the player needs to do is swing on a plane that is square and close or open the clubface a tad at impact. Easier put on paper than applied on the course, I understand that. But at least now you are armed with the knowledge and information to practice efficiently and groove a swing plane and impact position that works for you.

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

Check back next week as I will be talking about THE PIVOT. (How your body works throughout the swing)

Posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago at 6:13 PM.

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Matt Birk, HE WENT TO HARVARD

Posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago at 1:29 PM.

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TO Advice for Kids

#1….Show up to practice everyday, unless your renegotiating. Enjoy the video!

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

Posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago at 12:43 PM.

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Potential Cinderella’s

The following are teams that have a chance of making a surprise run deep into the tournament. These are teams that are going to be flying under the radar come March.

1. Arizona Wildcats- If the Cats do manage to make the tournament, they are a threat to beat anyone on any floor. UCLA can attest to that. They have 2 players on their roster with first round NBA talent (Jordan Hill and Chase Buddinger) and a steady point guard (Nic Wise) who can run an offense. Imagine if this team still had Bayless playing the two and high school phenom Brandon Jennings hadn’t decided to take his high wire act to Europe.

2. Davidson Wildcats- Last year’s Cinderella still has sharpshooter Steph Curry. Enough Said!!!

3. Ohio State Buckeyes- Jon Diebler, BJ Mullens, and David Lighty haven’t had the type of season they were hoping, but the talent and coaching are in place for the Buckeyes to make a late season run.

4. Miami Hurricanes- Jack McClinton is averaging close to 20 ppg’s and is the leader of a team that has been playing good ball of late. They took Duke to OT, lost to UNC by 4, and beat Boston College as well as Florida St. over their last 10 games. I certainly wouldn’t want to play this team in the first round.

Stay tuned as I will be back with my upset predictions after selection Sunday.

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

Posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago at 11:58 AM.

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Team Obliterator Shown the Door

After several productive seasons in Big D, the Dallas Cowboys have decided to give TO his walking papers. It had been heavily speculated that this was a possibility since the offseason began, however everytime Jerry Jones was asked about it, he repeatedly reiterated that TO would remain an integral part of the Dallas Cowboys. Well it’s quite obvious after this morning’s turn of events, that this was all a smoke screen. Roy Williams will take over TO’s flanker position on the depth chart. It’s still unclear whether Patrick Crayton will move out of the slot or whether Miles Austin will fill the void of #2. Over his career Owens has often had problems with his quarterbacks. He called Jeff Garcia gay, blamed the eagles Superbowl loss on Donovan McNabb becoming fatigued, told the media that the Eagles would have had a better record with Brett Favre than Donovan, and this year, claimed that Romo was favoring Witten in the offense because the two were closer freinds off the field. We won’t even talk about the “FAILED” suicide attempt.

BUYER BEWARE

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

Posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago at 11:26 AM.

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