Laws of Ball Flight

The PGA defines the laws as physical forces that are absolutes in influencing the flight of the ball. There are 6 Laws of Ball Flight. If you break these laws, you will Mis-Hit the ball.  World class teaching pros masterfully understand these laws and how they interconnect to create shots in your game.  They have created simple coaching concepts to help you use the Laws of Ball Flight to your advantage.  

The LAWs of Ball Flight are:

  1. Face
  2. Path
  3. Centeredness of Contact
  4. Angle of Attack
  5. Speed
  6. Dynamic Loft

What you need to know – By understanding the 6 Laws of Ball Flight you can understand the cause and effect of your good shots and how to fix the bad ones. An example of this would be when a player slices the ball (a Mis-Hit) which breaks the Law of Face (a Law) that was caused by a Swing Fault called a Weak Trail Hand Grip.

History of The Laws of Ball Flight – Dr. Gary Wiren is credited with writing the original 5 Laws of Ball Flight in the PGA Teaching Manual. Born in 1935 Dr. Wiren was a PGA Master Professional instructor and the Director of Education, Learning and Research for the PGA of America between 1972 and 1985, during which time he produced the “Laws, Principles and Preferences” of golf swing instruction. The most recent Law of Ball Flight, Dynamic Loft, was introduced in 2018.

Governing Bodies – The R&A and the USGA together govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions while sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Amateur Status and Equipment Standards.