Josh’s Tips & Tricks: Racket Control

Golf | 15 February, 2023


Hello golfers, welcome to this week’s tips & tricks. I hope you have all had your head on the wall practicing body rotations from last week. This week we are going to use a tennis racket to help us understand clubface angles. If you have attended my roll-ups this week you will know what I mean because I have been using the rackets to help teach. Lets take a look below.

Rackets for Clubface Control

First take a look at the following video…

Right Palm

As long as you are holding the golf club correctly, using the inside of your right palm can be a good way of understanding clubface angles. Holding my bright yellow racket next to the shaft really helps to show the angle of the clubface during the swing. This week we are specifically looking at the clubface angle through the downswing and impact. This really is the most important part of the swing as it’s where the club makes contact with the golf ball.

If the inside of the right hand is facing away from the body in the downswing the clubface is likely to be open, if it’s facing more towards the body it’s closed. Ideally we would like to have the inside of the right palm facing towards the target through impact. Practicing in slow motion and then gradually adding speed is a good way to add the feelings into a full swing


It may seem a bit crazy to start but actually practicing hitting the ball with both an open and closed clubface can help improve clubface control. Practice hitting shots right with an open clubface and left with a closed clubface. Then try to find good timing and match the clubface to the target at impact. Different swing speeds will require different rates of clubface rotation. The direction the club moves will also influence the direction of the ball. Getting the club moving through the back of the ball with a square clubface will help find narrower misses.


Understand clubface angles during the swing. If you understand clubface angles and the way the club turns during the swing you should find more reliable ball flight. You can practice these movements with a frying pan in your kitchen (be careful) or you can just place your right palm down the side of the shaft of a club.

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Catch you soon.