No Spin Zone
Learn My Three Clubface Keys And Eliminate Slice Spin For Good
#1 Proper Grip
The hands have a bigger influence on the clubface than any other element in the golf swing. Due to this oft-overlooked fact, golfers regularly lose focus on the grip and allow it to play a major role in creating a variety of slices. To begin eliminating left-to-right spin, make sure that the grip of the club is running through the fingers and not the palm of your glove hand. The V’s formed by your thumbs and forefingers should point toward your right shoulder at address in order to ensure a square or even slightly closed clubface at impact. I recommend placing tees in the webbings of your thumbs (as seen below) to help see clearly if your grip is correct.
In the photo on the below left, you’ll notice that the tees lean toward the target and the V’s in my hands point toward my front shoulder. This overly weak grip is a typical slicer’s mistake that must be avoided. Instead, make sure you utilize a relatively strong grip as seen on the below right.
Lifting your hands steeply above the plane promotes an open clubface and a cupped left wrist. Instead, keep your left wrist flat and the clubface square.
#2 Flat Left Wrist
Everyone has been told at one time or another to strive for a flat left wrist at impact, but it’s almost equally important to achieve a flat left wrist at the top of the backswing, especially if you’re a chronic slicer. In the picture at the right (opposite page) I’m clearly demonstrating the correct (flat left wrist, square clubface) and incorrect (cupped left wrist, open clubface) positions at the top of the swing. Note that my left wrist is clearly in line with my left forearm and the clubshaft in the correct position, while in the incorrect position my left wrist and the back of my left hand are clearly not in line with either. This is a critical difference that has a lot to do with shot shape.
A good way to achieve the proper, flat left wrist position at the top of the swing is to imagine the logo on your glove, as well as the clubface, facing toward the sky as you reach the top. This is a bit of an exaggeration, but it will help get you going in the right direction. Another good trick is to feel as if the clubface stays slightly hooded in the backswing, or in other words, pointing toward the ground.