SLICES & COMMON SWING FAULTS
SLICE: The ball flies to the right in a curved pattern. The greater the curve the more severe the slice. Slices lead to higher scores because slices lose distance and often the ball itself.
CAUSE OF SLICE: The clubface is open at impact. Period.
CURE FOR SLICE:
Start with Neutral Grip, palms facing, thumbs overlapping on grip, left thumb covered with the righthand lifeline.
Proper stance begins with feet apart shoulder width and aligned square to target line. Knees slightly bent and shoulders tilted back with right shoulder down, but not out.
The club shaft should be tilted slightly forward towards the target.
Spine/back tilted forward, hands straight dropped down for irons and slightly reaching for woods and driver. No slouching. Head up, not down, but enough to see ball.
Left wrist will be slightly cupped at address but will become straight to bowed at the top of swing. It will remain straight or bowed throughout downswing and into impact with ball. To square clubface at impact, back of left hand must be facing target at impact.
- TARGET PATH
To hit a draw and avoid a slice, the clubhead path must approach the target path from the inside during the downswing and cross very slightly over to the right side at impact. The clubhead path should about 3-degreees right of target path and clubhead about 2-degrees open. This creates a draw while avoiding a slice.
The downswing must be initiated in one way only and that is with an aggressive forward hip bump along the target line. The bump must be followed by an aggressive hip pivot towards the target. Never start downswing with hands, arms, and shoulders because this will lead to slices, mishits, and inconsistency
- THE SLOT
The clubhead must swing in an arc at same angle it is at address. This the single plane golf swing. To practice this swing slot, imagine the ball on a 2-foot-tall tee and practice swinging in an arc around your spine using the proper sequence: shoulders lead backswing and hips lead downswing. After a half dozen swings at the 2-foot level make additional swings bringing the clubhead down and down with each subsequent swing until the clubhead is eventually sweeping the grass about where the ball would be teed.
Learn to release the club before impact. This is the final step to square the clubface at impact. This may take practice to learn exactly when to release the club before impacting the ball.
Swing faults are not easy to correct because these are usually engrained into muscle memory. Common faults:
- During takeaway, golfer swings clubhead too far inside [behind him] requiring a swing over the top to recover the club for the downswing resulting in a slice, or a pulled hook
- golfer’s left hand arrives at impact with the side of the left hand facing the target leaving clubface wide open which results in a mishit off the club’s heel, or a slice
- golfer arrives at impact with a cupped left wrist leading to loss of power and inconsistency
- golfer releases clubhead too early, loses speed and power, scoops ball
All these faults can be corrected by following the sequences above described in 1 – 8.
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