Originally Posted by EverythingGolf
Did you read his post after mine!!! He said his ball starts straight then goes left. Path would be in to out with a square face to the TARGET. Yes I know the face is closed to the PATH. The ball will only go left if he is turning his hands over through impact.
Ok, I will rephrase
If you make the path go more left, the ball is either just going to stay there, or the clubface will go a little more left relatively - resulting in a pull rather than a hook.
E.g if his stats are
the ball will start straight and then curve left (what he is experiencing).
making him change his path will lead to stats such as
clubface -1 (or worse)
I do agree that this would be more consistent than before - but the ball would still be going left. Also, this is unlikely to happen, if you were to move the path more left, it is likely to pull the clubface more left too - maybe not as much (sometimes more, depends how you do it and what is going on mentally). you would probably end up with stats such as path 0 clubface -3.
Add to this the fact that a path change can be much more disruptive to a player, as it involves the co-ordinated efforts of many different muscles and the entire kinematic sequence.... I would only change the path if the player has a longer term bigger goal and if they havent already reached their potential with the swing they have. After looking at his swing on video, path doesnt look awful (although I understand path on video is not easy to see, you can get a good jist of it).
Regardless, changing the face can be much less disruptive, be much quicker to ingrain, and doesn't require that the player learn a complete new movement as such. This may result in stats more like
a nice draw onto the target.
Without arguing about which advice is best - im sure that a combination of both will work well, although if you are having dramatic problems like now - snapping it - you need to understand clubface control as this is going to be the defining factor on whether or not you can get around the course with the movement pattern you have right now. This is what all good players have understood to some level.
So my advice is - long term goal of changing and neutralising path, although check out on a trackman to see what is happening.
Short term goal - get the clubface under control and turn that snap hook into a gentle draw. Learn clubface control as a skill, not a technique as such, as you will need it for the rest of your life. It is the biggest difference from swing to swing, and the main influence on direction overall.