Bust Bad Habits!

Lose bad habits and start shooting lower scores right now!

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2 THE CHRONIC SLICE: KILL IT!

Slicing the ball is never fun, especially when you don't truly know why it's happening. You've probably heard that slices are caused by swinging the clubhead outside to inside the target line, right? But did you know that a slice actually can come from any type of swing path? Trust me, I've seem 'em all. The key isn't so much the path, as much as it is the angle of the clubface relative to the path the clubhead is traveling on.

For instance, you'll hit a big, sweeping, left-to-right slice if you swing outside to inside the target line with a clubface that's considerably open to that outside-in path. (If the clubhead is a little open relative to the path, you'll fade it.) Both a slice and a fade can be accomplished with a clubface that's closed relative to the target line, but open relative to the path the club is traveling on.

Make sense? Since this is the case, the best way to fix a slice isn't to shut the clubface at address and hope for the best. Instead, practice swinging the club more from inside to outside the target line, with a clubface that's slightly closed to the path. And here's another secret. Hitting a draw is perfectly doable with a clubface that's slightly open relative to the target line. How so? Simple. As long as the clubface angle is closed relative to the path the clubhead is traveling on, the ball will have draw-spin. This means, even though the clubface is slightly open relative to the target line, it's still going to create a draw ballflight. So don't fuss over trying to close the clubface and hit the ball with a face that's slammed shut. Start by correcting your path first, then dial in the right amount of release in the hands and wrists. This, folks, is how you fix a slice forever.

3 SWING ALONG THE BODY LINE? NOT TODAY!

This is one of the more common mistakes I see players make, especially the better ones, reason being, it sometimes actually works. To do this, you have to need to wrap the ball around an obstacle, which in my case here is a tree between my ball and the green. Swinging along the body line means aligning the clubface square to the target and orientating my body to the right of the target, and then swinging as normal.

While this may sometimes work, I'm always afraid to start making unnatural adjustments to how I align my golf shots. In reality, I think it's best not to mess with what works. Instead of swinging along your body line, I prefer to aim at the target and simply swing a little more inside to out with a face angle that's slightly open relative to the target, but a little bit closed relative to my path. This creates a ballflight that starts more to the right and draws back in.

Once you start manipulating your stance, you run the risk of feeling uncomfortable not only for that particular shot, but for every shot afterward. So, stick with the stance you know works and adjust your path. In the long run, you'll be glad you didn't tinker with your setup, and you'll make a more confident pass through the golf ball.


Swing more inside-out, with a clubface that's slightly open to the target line.

4 THIN HYBRID HITS: NEVER AGAIN!

Hybrids truly are wonderful clubs, but only if you know how to swing them properly. To do just that, consider swinging your hybrids more like you would a middle iron—not a fairway wood, not a long iron, but a middle iron! Swing down and into the golf ball with the shaft leaning toward the target at impact. And in case you're wondering, it's perfectly acceptable to make a divot with a hybrid. Most mistakes with hybrids come from trying to lift the ball up in the air by hanging back on your right side. Resist the urge to lift and start hitting down on that golf ball with some forward shaft lean at impact. You'll see higher, more spinny hybrid shots immediately.


Hanging back is never a good idea! Trust the loft of your clubs and play the hands ahead of the golf ball.




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