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Golf Question Which Part Of The Ball Should I Look At To Make The Best ContactAlthough a good shot can result from multiple different strikes on the ball, generally players should strike the inside right quadrant for the best results. Imagine splitting a ball into four quarters, the inner right quadrant would sit closest to the right toe. Its better to hit that part of the ball because a solid inside-to-square path will result in that part of the ball being hit first. This is also the part of the ball from which players can produce a draw shot. However, to hit different parts of the ball, golfers need to understand which club paths will produce certain shots.




Path is the direction of travel the club takes through impact and there are three paths the club could take (to varying degrees). These are out-to-in, in-to-out, and inside to square to inside. These all relate to aim line or target line. The club face angle is the direction the club face points at impact. When combined, the path and angle determine where the ball will travel.

Fade – To produce a fade, the club needs to travel from out-to-in (cutting across the body). At the point of impact, the club face needs to aim between the target line and club path (just left of the target). This will produce fade spin and move the ball left to right. This path will generally cause the ball to be struck on the outside right quadrant of the ball.

Draw - To produce a draw, the club needs to travel from in-to-out (moving from inside the body to out). At the point of impact, the club face needs to aim between the target line and club path (just right of the target). This impact position will cause a draw moving the ball right to left. As mentioned above, this strike will be on the inside right quadrant.

Straight shot – Hitting a straight shot requires the club to travel from inside to square to inside. At impact, the club face needs to aim at the target line. This will produce a straight shot and also be struck on the inside quadrant / horizontal line.

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Many golfers struggle to hit the ball by lifting it up into the air. This will lead to inconsistent striking and possible topped shots.

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Although striking down on ball is preferred, attempting to hit the top of the ball could cause the angle of attack to increase so much the ball flies incredibly low off the face.

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Making contact with the outside right quadrant of the ball can result in fades but also slices and pulls. Try to make contact with the inner right quadrant. Although good shots can be hit from many parts of the club face, attempting to hit the inner right quadrant is preferable most of the time.