Battle Of The Bend!

Learn How To kill A Hook Or Slice—Immediately!

The great thing about bending your ball in a consistent direction is that it makes navigating the golf course a heckuva lot easier. One example is simply being able to take advantage of the entire width of the fairway. A common fairway might span 30 yards or so in width and many golfers might be inclined to aim down the middle. Knowing that nearly every shot will have some bend, the player who opts for a straight line direction essentially will be reducing their landing area to only 15 yards. In contrast, a consistent fader of the golf ball understands the best play is to aim down the left-hand side. In the unlikely occurrence of a straight shot, the ball still lands in the left side of the fairway. A perfect fade lands in the middle, and even too much slice now settles to rest in the short grass down the right side. If you can play a predicable curve, you can surely have more fun playing any course.

In golf, there are really two kinds of players: those who bend the ball predominantly to the left and those who bend it to the right. Either is fine, as long as the pattern is reasonable and repeatable, and the ball consistently lands in play. Unfortunately, though, many golfers have inconsistent and unreasonable shot patterns, leading to lots of lost balls and rocket-high scores. Why? Because we try too often to hit the ball perfectly straight, which, frankly, is much more difficult than it is to hit consistent fades and draws.

In striking a golf shot, the components of swingpath, clubface, angle of attack, solidness of contact and speed all work together to produce a given ballflight. As it relates to curvature, we look mostly at the combination of clubface and swingpath and how they relate. To hit a ball perfectly straight, both the clubface and swingpath must be looking in the exact same direction at the moment of impact. Any difference in path and face, and the ball will exhibit curvature. When dealing with a game comprised of such complex movements as golf, this occurrence rarely happens and isn't even worth trying to repeat. So what we're left with is being able to produce a nice, predictable bend (aka a fade or draw), which, when executed properly, is a great way to efficiently manage your game from tee to green.

For this story, we're going to assume that you slicers out there are sick and tired of that banana ball and would love to get rid of it. If you're in the hooking category, we're also going to assume that you'd like to change things up and feel what it's like to be able to hit a nice, reliable fade. What I'm hoping is that you'll learn so much, you'll be able to do both whenever you want or, at the very least, get all of those wildly curving shots back within reason.

Let's get started, shall we?

SLICE SLAYERS: TEE IT HIGHER


To cure a slice, a great place to start is setting the intention to shift your angle of attack. In general, most slicers are hitting down on the ball too much, in conjunction with a swingpath that travels too much to the left (swingpath left/clubface open to path). To hit a high, bombing draw, you have to think of striking more "up and out." This means delivering an ascending attack with a swingpath that travels more to the right (swingpath right/clubface closed to path).

You've heard the mantra, "Tee it high and let it fly," right? That's exactly what I'm asking you to do. Tee the ball higher, so at least two-thirds of the ball rests above the crown of your driver. It may look strangely high at first, but that's a good thing. The visual will hopefully force you to swing up and out, not down and left like so many slicers do. And, by the way, if you're not comfortable with the high tee height at first, try using some Ghost Tape (ghosttape.com) on the crown as you're getting used to hitting up and not down on the golf ball. Kiss that slice goodbye!



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