Slicing is Fine When it Comes to Cake But Not in Golf
By Kickntrue on 12/14/06
Golf - Slicing Is Fine When It Comes To Cake But Is Not So Good In Golf

Golf - Slicing Is Fine When It Comes To Cake But Is Not So Good In Golf
By Donald Saunders

The biggest problem with trying to cure a golf slice lies in the fact that there are almost as many ideas about how to go about it as there are professional golfers. Thankfully, however, there are a few things on which most people agree.

For right-handed golfers a slice is a shot which curves from left to right in flight (right to left for a left-handed golfer) and this can be caused by a variety of different factors. The two main causes however are a swing in which the club head cuts across the line to the target as it strikes the ball and a club face that remains open during the swing and puts a spin on the ball.

As a normal downswing will commonly result in contact with the ball at about 100 mph and put a spin on the ball of about 60 rotations per second, the ball will often start out in a straight line but, as it slows down in flight, the spin will begin to move the ball off to the right.

If your grip is too weak then the shaft of the club will often rotate slightly during the backswing and open the club face. Equally, if your grip is too strong then tension in your forearm can again cause the club to rotate, this time on the downswing.

Your stance will also play an important part in slicing the ball. For example, if your stance is too open, with the front foot back from the target line and your body angled slightly towards the hole, your swing will move across, rather than along, the target line and create a spin on the ball.

Finally, the position of the ball can also contribute to a sliced shot. If you stand with the ball too far from your body it will force your shoulders to open, while standing too close will force your shoulders to close.

Against this background, the secret lies first in getting your stance right. Keep your shoulders square to the target line with your right foot straight ahead of you and your left foot flared slightly to the left. The ball should be directly in front of you and, as you address the ball, you should be bent forward slightly from the hips with your bottom out as if you are perching on a stool which is slightly too high for comfort.

Grip the club with your left hand ensuring that your thumb runs along the line of the shaft and that the line through your thumb and index finger is pointing toward your right eye. Then check your V's. You should be able to see no more than the first two knuckles of your left hand and a V formed between your thumb and forefinger which points towards your right shoulder. Finally, keep your elbow straight, but relaxed, and grip the club firmly enough to control it but not too tightly.

Ensure that your position relative to the ball is such that it allows your shoulders to remain parallel to the target line. The angle of your body as you bend over the ball will vary with the length of your clubs but you should not need to stretch uncomfortably to address the ball.

On your backswing keep your right elbow close to your side and start the club moving back low and slightly to your inside. Then, on the downswing, keep your right elbow close your side and allow the club head to swing to one o'clock.

There is a lot to remember and conquering the slice will take a bit of time and a lot of practice. Nevertheless, if you follow the advice given here you should find that it is not too difficult a task.

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