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    Obviously we strive to hit the sweet spot on all of our shots. But I do think there are times it can be effective to use a different part of the face.

    In my round yesterday, I had a drive into the wind. I saw a YouTube video not long ago testing which type of shot worked the best into the wind, and they concluded that a high, low spin shot was the most effective. So I did my best to hit a little high toe, and the resulting drive was a little longer than my average despite hitting into a decent headwind.

    Do you ever intentionally miss the sweet spot? Can be tee shots, approaches, short game, or even putts.
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    I get the feeling this is much different than when I just say "I meant to do that" on bad shots...

    All kidding aside, I've tried it, but my brain gets in the way resulting in some pretty horrific results.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by McLovin View Post
      Obviously we strive to hit the sweet spot on all of our shots. But I do think there are times it can be effective to use a different part of the face.

      In my round yesterday, I had a drive into the wind. I saw a YouTube video not long ago testing which type of shot worked the best into the wind, and they concluded that a high, low spin shot was the most effective. So I did my best to hit a little high toe, and the resulting drive was a little longer than my average despite hitting into a decent headwind.

      Do you ever intentionally miss the sweet spot? Can be tee shots, approaches, short game, or even putts.
      For fast downhill chips and putts it is traditional technique to make impact towards the toe of the club, which tends to "deaden" the strike.
      For any sort of full shot I've never heard of anyone intentionally avoiding impact with the center of the club face.
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      • #4
        I find that I can draw the ball easier if I line up with the ball on the toe side with driver. Could be gear effect. Could be a tendency to hit the ball from the inside when I do that. But, sometimes it is hook city. So, I only really try it on the range as I can't really seem to control it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DG_1234 View Post
          For fast downhill chips and putts it is traditional technique to make impact towards the toe of the club, which tends to "deaden" the strike.
          For any sort of full shot I've never heard of anyone intentionally avoiding impact with the center of the club face.
          Tiger has been quoted as saying he hit the ball around the face depending on the shot he wanted to hit.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DG_1234 View Post
            For fast downhill chips and putts it is traditional technique to make impact towards the toe of the club, which tends to "deaden" the strike.
            For any sort of full shot I've never heard of anyone intentionally avoiding impact with the center of the club face.
            Exactly my thought wen i read the first post...maybe on putts...I have not tried it on a driver.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by DG_1234 View Post
              For fast downhill chips and putts it is traditional technique to make impact towards the toe of the club, which tends to "deaden" the strike.
              For any sort of full shot I've never heard of anyone intentionally avoiding impact with the center of the club face.
              what about vertically on the face? i notice that my strike is very often on the bottom of the face. so i have recently been trying to strike the ball a little higher on the face.
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              • #8
                Intentionally miss? I can't "intentionally" hit the sweet spot why would I try to miss on purpose haha
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jdtox View Post
                  Intentionally miss? I can't "intentionally" hit the sweet spot why would I try to miss on purpose haha
                  Maybe I can hit it more often if I try to miss it purposely.
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                  • #10
                    Only on putts can I do it intentionally. I'll hit the putt toward the toe for downhill putts to dampen impact.
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                    • #11
                      I do it on wedge shots around the green all the time (using the toe to decrease speed). Sometimes I "miss" on my miss and I'll catch the center of the club - that makes for a bad hole.
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                      • #12
                        I need to locate this sweet spot place you're all talking about.

                        Joking aside, I haven't intentionally missed a sweet spot before, but have toyed around with deadening putts by using the heel. Feels different for sure, but at this point using other clubs on the actual courses hasn't struck me yet!
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                        • #13
                          I really wish I could miss the sweet spot on purpose... if I could then that means I could hit the sweet spot on purpose and that is hardly the case most times. Would be nice to be able to hit different shots consistently.
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                          • #14
                            Not for me. I try for as close to center as possible every time.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by McLovin View Post
                              Obviously we strive to hit the sweet spot on all of our shots. But I do think there are times it can be effective to use a different part of the face.

                              In my round yesterday, I had a drive into the wind. I saw a YouTube video not long ago testing which type of shot worked the best into the wind, and they concluded that a high, low spin shot was the most effective. So I did my best to hit a little high toe, and the resulting drive was a little longer than my average despite hitting into a decent headwind.

                              Do you ever intentionally miss the sweet spot? Can be tee shots, approaches, short game, or even putts.
                              That's way too advanced for me. I just try to hit the ball. [emoji16]

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