Skill Drills with Meredith Kirk: Squaring the Clubface

Today we’re going to talk about squaring your club face at address and what that means. So the first thing with squaring the club face is you want to make sure that when the club lies on the ground it’s nice and flush with the leading edge to the ground. Okay. This is really important because we don’t want to lift the club up to where we’re digging into the ground with the toe, nor do we want to lean the club so far back that the toe is lifting up and it’s leaning more on the heel. So that’s the first thing. The second thing is this, I have a tee in the ground because we’re going to square up to the tee and do a little drill here. So I’m going to go ahead and get in the address position. I have an 8 iron. I’m nice and center with my ball position and now the club is resting on its leading edge flush to the ground. Now, this right here is square. But if I want to show you what an open club face looks like at address, this is what it looks like. And a closed club face looks like this and we don’t want that. We don’t want our balls going right or left. We want to go right down the middle, right? Absolutely. So what I’m going to do, is I’m going to take a swing and try to hit this tee. The goal with this drill is this. The tee is going to do one of two things. The tee is either going to pop up if it’s hit nice and square or it’s going to lean forward. Okay?  What I don’t want to see is the tee going right or left because that would indicate that our club face is not square through impact. So here I go. I’m going to give it a shot. I got it. Nice and square club face because that tee popped right out of the ground. So this is a great drill you can do at the range before hitting balls. Maybe do this about five times then tee it up and see what a difference it makes to have a nice, square club face through impact.