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How Can The Angle Of My Follow Through Effect The Direction Of My Golf ShotsMany golfers do not realize the importance of the follow through once the golf ball has been struck. Because the golf ball has already been hit and has gone when the club swings through on to the follow through, they do not see the significance of the clubs movement.




However, the follow through and the angle that the club swings on during the follow through provides a great deal of information as to what happened with the golf club, during impact. This is important because the ball reacts to what the golf club did as it struck the golf ball. Understanding the follow through angle of the club and the significance of this to what happened at impact, can help you to understand how to improve your golf swing and therefore ball flight.

Basically, if the angle of your follow through is too low, you will tend to see the ball flying to the left and conversely if the angle of your follow through is too high, you will see the ball flying to the right.

The best way to view the angle of your follow through is to place an alignment pole into the ground where the golf ball would be and at an angle that replicates the shaft of the golf club when you are in your address position. If you now move a yard or so to the right of this, you can vizually see your swing plane. If you make a swing with the golf club and you notice that the club head swings on the follow through underneath the alignment pole, your follow through is flat. This is a product of too much rotation in your arms and hands and an over use of your wrists through impact, which results in the club head travelling very low around you on your follow through. The result of this action through impact is that the club face will close, or rotate to the left of its start position and therefore the golf ball will travel left of target.

If you swing the golf club on your follow through and the club head travels above the alignment pole, or above your swing plane, then your follow through angle is too steep. This occurs when you do not rotate your arms and body enough through impact and as a product of this, the club face will be presented open, or aiming to the right of its start position. As a result, the golf ball will travel right of target.

Ideally, to hit straighter golf shots, the golf head should travel around you on your follow through, following the angle of the alignment pole. If you achieve this, the club face will be presented to the ball much squarer to the target, through impact.

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The angle of your follow through is a direct result of the club heads impact position with the golf ball. The golf ball simply reacts to how the club face and head are presented to the ball at impact. Therefore, the angle of your follow through directly influences shot direction.

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A low or flat angle with the golf club head on your follow through is a product of the club face closing through impact due to over rotating your arms and hands. Your wrists may also be over active and the club face will shut and the ball will fly left.

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A high club angle on your follow through indicates that there is not enough rotation in your arms, hands and body through impact and the club face will remain open to the target making the ball fly right.