7 Deadly Swing Sins

Say goodbye to making the same swing mistakes

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When it comes to making critical swing flaws that wreak havoc on your ability to score, there are a handful of swing sins that you must avoid. The consequences of the following mistakes usually result in hellish results, so pay attention to the quick fixes I've outlined for each swing flaw. Lucky for you, no matter how deadly these swing sins may be, the quick fix is easy to accomplish. Read on, confess, and say goodbye to making the same swing mistakes.

A slice occurs usually because your clubface is open and you probably have an outside-to-in swingpath into the ball, thus creating slice spin. Odds are, you're getting your arms and club too far behind your shoulders on the backswing, too. When this happens, you get too much forearm roll on the backswing, your clubface opens, and often your head drifts too far back. To recover, you have to use the upper body instead of the lower body to start the forwardswing, and you end up throwing your hands and club outside the target line on your downswing. Yuck! The goal is the opposite. You want a swing with a driver that's more inside-to-out, not outside-to-in.

FIX #1
Take a stance with both feet flared open. Make a three-quarter practice swing with a split grip, and swing L to reverse L, keeping both your arms and elbows in front of your shoulders. Then, put your hands together, set up to the ball, and hit it with the same feel. The split-grip drill will improve your path and create a nice release to square up the face.

FIX #2
The second reason most people slice their driver is because the face is open at impact due to a weak grip that no doubt promotes an open face at impact. To strengthen your grip, get your left thumb aimed right of the clubhead so you see at least two knuckles. We don't want the left thumb pointing down at the clubface. Now, place your right hand on the grip so that lifeline fits right against the left thumb. It will feel different if we changed your grip, but this should help square up the clubface much more effectively.


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