Fix Your Golf Slice with Basic Corrections
By Dave Powell
Fix Your Golf Slice With Basic Corrections
A golf slice can often be cured by some simple, basic corrections
For instance, while a golfer can occasionally compensate
for a poor swing, you cant play well with a poor grip. It
is important, if you want to fix your slice permanently, that
you take the time to check your grip using this simple drill:
Take a blade of grass and trap it between the fleshy pad
on the underside of your right thumb and the top of your left
thumb. Now, complete your grip and swing the club to the top
of the backswing. If the blade of grass has remained in position
then your grip is secure and firm, but if the grass has fallen
out, this is a sign that your hands are separating, which
causes the club to move about at the top of the backswing.
Having the clubface in the correct position at the top of
your backswing is fundamental to correcting a golf slice.
Unfortunately, thats not an easy position to check when the
club is out of sight and behind you. The way to check the
clubface position is to look up and check the direction in
which the knuckles on your left hand are pointing.
If they are well to the right, the clubface will be closed
to the target line, which in the downswing normally produces
a right-to-left hook flight. If your knuckles point to right,
the clubface will be open and the result will be a sliced
golf shot. If the knuckles point straight up to the sky the
clubface is square to the target line.
In fact, grip faults can often be the main reason for slicing
in golf, and the problem with grip faults is that they can
get into your game without you really being aware of them.
To prevent this slow decline in technique perform the following
Grip the club and make sure that you can see around two and
a half knuckles on your left hand. Then take a pen and draw
a small dot on your golf glove on the last knuckle showing.
To ensure your grip is correct on every shot, all you have
to do is to look down at your glove after taking up your grip.
If you cant see the dot then your grip has probably become
too weak. Likewise if you can see a knuckle beyond the mark,
then your grip is probably becoming too strong.
Many players have a golf slice by allowing their left side
to slide too far to the left in the downswing, making it difficult
to square up the clubface correctly at impact. This can be
a difficult habit to correct but there is a mental drill that
could help you keep those hips from sliding.
When you address the golf ball, imagine you are next to an
open door with your left side positioned against the wall.
When you swing the club back down to the ball, imagine the
wall stopping your legs from sliding to the left, while your
arms and hands remain free to swing the clubhead on through
the open door. This will prevent your legs from sliding to
the left. It will also encourage you to adopt the correct
active hand action in your downswing.
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