Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Slice No More
Land in the fairway every time
Labels: Instruction, Faults And Fixes, Quick Tips, Ballstriking, Driving, Swing, Amateur, Techniques, Game Improvement, Full Swing, Drills, Slicing
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Hitting a big, weak slice is never any fun. Not only do they rarely travel very far, but they're impossible to control. For many amateurs, when they attempt to cure their slice, the slice often gets worse because they haven't the proper know-how to manage a slice and start hitting straighter tee balls. In this article, I want to put an end to complicated, tedious anti-slice advice and help you get rid of that pesky banana ball once and for all. Read on, follow these easy tips, and slice no more!
One of the most common mistakes I see from amateurs who struggle with slicing is improper aim and alignment. The first and most important key to getting rid of a slice is to stop opening your stance (as you can see in the photo on the opposite page). Doing this will force a swing path that cuts across the ball from outside to inside the target line, adding more slice spin. The solution? Square your shoulders so they're parallel to the target. As for your feet, they should be square, or even slightly closed (also opposite page) to encourage an inside-to-outside the target line path.
Why does aiming left cause you to slice? In most cases, it's because many slicers think they're aiming to the left, when in actuality they aren't. When you set up and then open your stance, you're actually moving the ball back in your stance. Also, when you do this, and you don't close the clubface as well, you're in position to hit an even bigger slice!
Get A Good Grip
Tilt Your Shoulders!
To do this, make an adjustment in your setup by tilting your shoulders away from the target. See how my right shoulder, and even my right hip is slightly lower than my left at address? This tilt will encourage my body to take the club back and to the inside. If I set up with my shoulders level to the ground, I'll be more inclined to swing along or away from the target line, thus forcing me to swing from the outside in, causing me to swipe across the ball and impart a lot of slice spin.
Finally, once you get the tilt at address ready to go, hold it all the way through impact!
Takeaway Your Slice
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