Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Slice No More
Say adiós to the banana ball once and for all!
Labels: Instruction, Faults And Fixes, Ballstriking, Driving, Drivers, Techniques, Full Swing, Drills, Slicing
To get some extra roll from your tee ball, it’s best to swing your club with a drawing action. To feel the proper hand motion needed to get the clubface working this way, try my “front loader” drill.
Cards Face Up
Cards Face Down
In order to combat your slice, you have to feel your clubface closing through impact. (Remember an open face at impact is what produces the dreaded banana ball.)
To feel your clubface closing, try this Las Vegas-inspired drill. First, imagine you’re standing at a dealer’s table holding an entire deck of playing cards. Start at address and “swing” to the top. Take a look at the deck of cards. They should be “face up.” If they’re face down, your “clubface” is shut; if the cards point too far behind you, your face is open—neither of which is good.
|Cards Face Up
||Hook The Cards|
Just imagining the card dealer’s table should help you build an arcing “swing.” Remember, as you swing your arm in an arcing motion to match the shape of the table, to turn the cards face down in a circular sweep!
Once you’ve rehearsed this drill without a club, pick up your 6-iron and swing with the same feeling you had with just the cards in hand. As you hit through the impact zone, feel the club turn over. Your slice will soon be gone!
Jeff Ritter, PGA, is director of instruction at the ASU Karsten Golf Academy in Tempe, Ariz., and one of Golf Tips’ senior instruction editors. He’s the author of Golf by Design and the forthcoming book Your Kid Ate a Divot.
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