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Hit monster tee shots and keep them in the short stuff

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Many players have a downswing that travels well over the top of their backswing, thus causing steep hits often associated with slicing. Good players, on the other hand, "drop in" on their downswings, coming from inside the target line (and under the backswing path). In the photos here, take note how my backswing and downswing differ. On the good swing, my backswing starts down the target line and then drops inside the target line, whereas on the bad swing, I pull the club inside, get stuck in the backswing and have nowhere else to go but across the target line on my downswing. And that's a guaranteed slice or wicked pull.


Even if golfers know that an open clubface causes a slice, they're not always able to square it up at impact. The reason for this is that they often try to close the face at contact. But by then, it's too late to square it up and make good contact. A way to fix this problem is to "leave early," or rather, to start closing the face much sooner in the downswing. In these photos, note that the club is shut when the club is parallel to the ground on the downswing. Now, that's soon, but it's a quick fix to ensure that if you're prone to slicing, you can hit it square.

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