Club Face Position Uptop ... Very Important

Scott Sackett
Director of Instruction
McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Scottsdale, AZ

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Scott Sackett Club FaceWithout a question the most common shot in golf is a slice. There are several things that can create this monster but there’s one thing you must understand… When a ball slices the clubface is open at impact… period.

Picture #1 shows an open clubface in the top of the back swing. (Clubface points towards the ground).

Picture #2 shows a closed clubface in the top of the back swing. (Clubface runs parallel to the ground).

Picture #3 shows a square clubface in the top of the back swing.  (Clubface runs parallel to the left arm at the top of the back swing). This is where you will see several great players: Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard, Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson, just to name a few.
When I look at golf swings through extensive video it’s not hard to spot the face position at the top of the swing. The most common face position in the top of the back swing is picture #1, (Open).

To better help you understand what controls face position take your grip and make sure both V’s are pointing clearly over to your right shoulder at address. (Strong grip). This allows for the clubface to get in a better position up top. (Picture #3). When the clubface position up top looks like picture #3 you will have a much better chance of hitting that desired shot that you see on television.

Remember: A square clubface at the top of your back swing doesn’t guarantee anything. But it allows great things to happen.

Scott Sackett, GOLF Magazine TOP 100 Teacher since 1997, teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, along with being The Director of Instruction at The Rim Golf Club in Payson. To get more information on lessons, visit Scott’s website at To contact Scott personally, e-mail him at