Fix Your Slice: The Cause & Simple Cures For The Beginner Golfer

 

Are you slicing all or some of your tee shots? If so, you are no differentthan most new golfers, And even moreexperienced golfers still slice shotsfrom time to time. Here are some simplethings you can try to fix it:

First, the problem is hardly ever theclub. If you feel it is, have your driver examined by your local pro-shop, so no doubt lingers in your mind.

Now, let's consider what happens to asliced ball when it is in the air. Here it seems best to state exactlywhat is meant by the term 'sliced ball'because a drive that finishes in the rough on the right of the fairway is not necessarily sliced. A sliced drive is one that starts straight, or nearly straight, from the tee andcurls in the right of the line onwhich it started. The reason for this is that the ball is spinning from left to right, and the air pressure, being greateron the side which is turning into thewind, in this case the left side, pushes the ball to the right. A ballthat is correctly driven has back-spin imparted to it by the club, and the air pressing on the undersideof the ball tends to make it rise inflight. A hooked ball naturally hasthe reverse spin to a sliced ball.

This is very basic, but it is usefulknowledge from a beginner's point of view, because it may give you a clue as to why you are slicing: To impart a left-to - right spin to a ball, the faceof the club must be drawn from right to left across the ball during the moment of impact. This right-to-left movementof the club may be the result of severalfaults: the player may be hitting at the ball, instead of through it, in other words, checking the swing of the club at a critical moment; or the grip may be faulty, too tight with the left hand, too loose with the right, possibly the position of the hands on the shaft may bewrong; or the player may be drawing in hisarms and not throwing them, as it were, after the ball. Certainly the best method of locating the fault is to go to your localprofessional, but if that is not possible, most experienced golfers would be able to spot it.

But once the problem is found it, is by no meanscured; it is quite possible to know what you are doing wrong without being able to prevent yourself from continuing to do it!

Sometimes a simple cure will overcome the slicing habit: Try turning the right handa little more under the shaft or gripping a little tighter with it. You can also trytaking up the normal stance and then drawingthe right foot back a few inches.

In the beginners' case slicing is just going to happen! But I'm convinced that if the beginner works hard, it can be cured in a month or two instead of wearingitself out perhaps in the course of a year oreven longer.

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