29 January, 2015 by Bobby Clampett

Loft and Club Face – Clampett’s Corner

Loft and Clubface

Loft and Club Face

Dave has a great question for Bobby this week about the driver- in fact, he asks how to achieve 12 degrees of launch while hitting the ball on the downswing with a driver that only has 10 degrees of loft on it. Seems impossible at first, doesn’t it?  Time for a little clinic on loft and club face.

Did you know that the club face of a driver has spots on its surface area that really determine the flight path of the golf ball?  The face of a driver has what’s known as bulge and roll.  Where you make impact with the club face matters, as well as if you’re swinging up or down on the ball at impact.

Watch as Bobby Clampett explains launch, loft and club face in this week’s edition of Clampett’s Corner!

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  1. Dear Bobby ,In this video,you answered only partially the questions I put in regarding the high launch with the driver .
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    With Kind regards .
    Raymond CHASTEL

    1. Hi Raymond,

      We can arrange for you to pay through PayPal. Do you want the digital download or the hard copy? We will send you an invoice. Thank you, Desha- Impact Zone Golf

  2. I’m pushing the ball right with every full swing club in my bag. The ball flight doesn’t have much curve to it like a slice. The ball goes straight but to the right of my intended target. HELP!

  3. Bobby,
    The grass ranges in Cincinnati will be closed for the winter soon. How do I check the bottom of my swing{4 inches } on mats?


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    “In re; Loft and Club Face: It’s all about The Driver – the most misunderstood club in your bag:
    “to hit the ball in the center of the clubface to get your optimal spin and launch conditions,” being Bobby’s limit in response to Dave hitting the driver on the 12 degree high-side of the bulge of the driver. It should easily be assumed that Dave, in hitting his normal shots, is not, “turning it over early,” but making aiming point to the inside-aft quadrant of the ball while admittedly Dave believes he, “hits down on the ball.” What a difference an inch makes?- as to symptoms. A reasonable diagnosis is that he’s playing the ball too closely meaning he could take stance a half-inch farther away with the driver, and move the ball forward a quarter-inch, so the difference between the two is the square-root from the sum of their square being hypotenuse as relative, “an inch.” The point being, in lieu of great complexities of perceived backswing loops to downswing arc and release point variables relative a deeper spine angle (stationary pole) to make up for that less than an inch, “which is a world of perceptual difference/delta (as rate of change during swing rhythm, tempo, and timbre),” as long as Dave keeps (his power package loaded relative) his release aiming-point to the aft inside quadrant of the ball (w/o spinning his right shoulder flat for a duck-hook), the implication is that he has a strong primary level assembly load-trigger mechanism, i.e., 3rd-accumulator (passive & negative, i.e., opening; “Bobby, this is where martial arts hold bibliographic reference superiority to patent infringing commercial proxy-interests to The Golfing Machine”) roll of left-hand as inverted with 1st accumulator of right arm’s extension and right-hand roll (3rd-accumulator active & positive, i.e., closing), that with Dave’s growing awareness of psycho-kinetic perceptions towards swing radius efficiencies towards (The Golfing Machine, Chapter 14, The Computer) purposive effect (impact with ball in center or lower-side of clubface to know the difference for later application, e.g., “muscle-memory”). While lowering the torso (and right elbow in line with the club shaft from angled-backswing perspective; possibly a left-hand heel-butt and/or right-hand cupping left-thumb grip alignment check, “etc.”) to meet the swing-radius requirements to contact the ball lower on the face the single most accomplished fact of swing alteration is not the complexity of a backswing/downswing timing of a loop but, rather, such is satisfied simply by a flattening of the swing plane which actually takes downward tilt out of the completed release sequence thereby flattening the driver’s lower swing path where the impact-separation perception that Dave could, should, and will have sensation about will be slightly later, since his prior activities in early aiming will seem late as realigned to proper swing-radius. So the answer to the variables in alteration of possibilities to Dave inquiry goes simply to adjusting the swing-radius to later release aiming-point and flattening the swing-plane for a later, more fully developed and release impact-separation sequence quite through, from the inside aft quadrant and through, “…be: The Ball…” You Om-boys…
    The Automatic-Snap release being a, “flick,” of an unloading of the power package, the weight of the head the counter-balance for clubhead mass; the left-shoulder pin the terminal squared-point of the fully triggered release mechanism, the clubface squares from open (including impact) shutting, closing-down to square upon ball separation, the club shaft continues to move forward while the rotating shaft holds the plane under on release. All such coordinated to the post-pause top-of-backswing’s initiation of downswing sequence, “Down, Out, Forward,” that goes from, “Clubhead inside-lag-loop Down, Clubface open-aimed Out, & Clubshaft rolled Forward,” the 3D application or reverse-loop, straight, or loop to backswing and to downswing physical dimensions for which time remains the 4th dimension.
    Drawn from an issue of technique I had between my seeing Art Bell and taking the question to Ben Doyle about teeing the ball higher to hit it lower; The King of Scotland’s personal expertise in this issue of impacting the ball on a lower extreme of the driver clubface comes from my 1st and only round of Match Play in the (wrongful era) 1987 British Amateur held at Prestwick Golf Links. At the Sixth Hole, Elysian Fields 445 yard Par 4, the rain had picked up and I lead of the tee into a 45 mile per hour semi-gale wind. In fact it was so windy it could have been Gael force. I teed the ball normally high, kept my swing-radius seemingly long being wide from the ball, but not letting the ball creep forward I was going to nip it at the bottom of the swing on the bottom of the face. The result got me a rare compliment from an opponent on having kept the ball ten feet of the ground splitting the middle of the fairway for the 260 yards it made by air and the 20 yards of roll I got out of it. The compliment got me though as I didn’t keep the next shot down ending in double bogey on the hole that cost me later on the first extra hole having lost per, “The 19th Hole.” So, Bobby & Dave, in finding the low side of the Driver’s face, carry on to success, but still, “Have a Drink on Me!”

  5. Seems to me that with a10 degree driver and wanting a 12 degree loft, you have two choices: a) hit at the top of the club face which is rounded and will give you that extra loft if you hit it exactly right (fraught with negative possibilities), b) you can hit the ball not at the bottom of your swing but 2 degrees on the upswing. Seems you forgot that second possibility.

  6. If you purchase a custom made driver based on your normal swing, wouldn’t a guy be able to hit that driver more consistently that a driver you neverequire hit before?

  7. If you purchase a custom made driver based on your normal swing, wouldn’t a guy be able to hit that driver more consistently than a driver you never hit before?

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