Are you slicing all or some of your tee
shots? If so, you are no different
than most new golfers, And even more
experienced golfers still slice shots
from time to time. Here are some simple
things you can try to fix it:
First, the problem is hardly ever the
club. 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 a
sliced ball when it is in the air.
Here it seems best to state exactly
what 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 and
curls in the right of the line on
which it started.
The reason for this is that the
ball is spinning from left to right,
and the air pressure, being greater
on the side which is turning into the
wind, in this case the left side,
pushes the ball to the right. A ball
that is correctly driven has
back-spin imparted to it by the club,
and the air pressing on the underside
of the ball tends to make it rise in
flight. A hooked ball naturally has
the reverse spin to a sliced ball.
This is very basic, but it is useful
knowledge 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 face
of the club must be drawn from right to
left across the ball during the moment
of impact. This right-to-left movement
of the club may be the result of several
faults: 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 be
wrong; or the player may be drawing in his
arms and not throwing them, as it were,
after the ball. Certainly the best method
of locating the fault is to go to your local
professional, 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 means
cured; 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 hand
a little more under the shaft or gripping
a little tighter with it. You can also try
taking up the normal stance and then drawing
the 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 wearing
itself out perhaps in the course of a year or
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