There’s no doubt that the number one Google’d golf phrase is, “How to fix a slice.” In this article, I’m going to give you a simple key that will get off your computer and into the fairway.
This Tip Is For You If:
You hit your shots too far right. If your shots start right and go further right, this is definitely for you.
A Bad Start
Among players who hit their shots to the right, the most common flaw is rolling the club face open early in the swing. This sets up a series of bad moves that all but guarantee a slice. Let’s take a look:
In picture #1 the club is too open. This early rolling open motion promotes a “flat” backswing (#2). From there, most golfers go “over the top” with a still-open club face (#3). At impact, the club face is still open and the club path is left (#4) leading to a shot that starts right and curves further right.
A Better Way
Let’s take a look at a more optimal way to take the club back, and what that creates.
In picture #1, the club is square, not open. This leads to a nice, conventional position at the top of the backswing (#2). From there, the golfer can bring the club down “on-plane” (#3) and have a square face and path at impact (#4).
Here are a few drills to practice that will help get rid of that too-open takeaway.
1) Practice Takeaways with a Club
Set up to the ball as if you were going to hit a shot, but only take the club back until the shaft is parallel to the ground. The objective, as you see in the pictures, is to keep the face from rotating to a toe-up position. A phrase that I have found helpful is to “Keep the club face looking at the ball longer.”
If you have trouble determining where the club face is pointed, a lie angle tool (available at most golf stores) can help to clarify things. Try to keep the lie angle tool from pointing directly at the person in front of you.
2) Practice Takeaways with Right or Left Hand Only
Often, practicing without a club is a good way to train a new movement. You can practice doing takeaways with your right hand, left hand, or both hands together. The key is to keep the logo on your glove (left hand) or your palm (right hand) facing slightly towards the ground when it gets to hip height.
I hope this tip helps you to keep the ball in the fairway. Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.