Understanding Club Path
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Club path is the direction in which the club head is moving (right or left) relative to the target line, at impact.
Variations of club path will often be is described as "in-to-out" or "out-to-in".
When the club head is moving to the right of the target at impact, for a right handed golfer, this would be described as an "in-to-out" club path. When the club head is moving to the left of the target at impact, for a right handed golfer, this would be described as an "out-to-in" club path.
Club path has a direct influence on the curvature of a shot. It also has a direct influence on the balls starting direction, although the exactness the starting direction (relative to the club path) will be effected differently by varying lofts.
To hit a shot which flies straight to the intended target, with no curve, the club path will need to be moving directly towards the target, at impact. This is assuming centered contact is made.
A golfer may choose to deliberately curve a shot. Doing this will require the club path to be directed to the right or left of the intended target line appropriately at impact, in an effort to impart the correct direction and amount of curve.
DEFINITION: Club path - The horizontal direction of travel of the club head when impacting the golf ball.