Golf is, as you have probably heard many times, a game of opposites - for example, you hit down to get the ball up.
Many people who are trying to eradicate a slice aim slightly left to compensate, the slice gets worse and they aim more and more to port in consequence. But there are, in essence, two main reasons why people slice the ball - the clubface is 'open' at impact, or they are swinging on an out-to-in path. In both cases the swing puts clockwise spin on the ball (for right-handers), which usually sees it start straight before veering wildly to starboard. The most common of these faults is the out-to-in swing so try this drill when you next get a chance.
As you look down on the ball, imagine it is a clockface. All you have to do now is think of swinging the clubhead through from 4 o'clock to 10 o'clock. If you have watched your ball disappear off to the right for any length of time it is extremely difficult to force yourself to hit the ball towards that side of the course or practice ground but you might be pleasantly surprised at the result.
|| 3 - MARCH 2005