Golf Tip #1: THREE SLICE FIXES
Problem: There is only one thing that can cause a slice, and that is a clubface that is either open (or opening) at the point of contact. That being said, here are three tips to help you square up the clubface and rid your game of that slice forever!
Get A Stronger Grip. The clubface tends to return to the ball “open” when the hands are placed on the club in a weak position—that is, turned too far to the left. A correct grip has the hands rotated more to the right or in a clockwise position. To strengthen your grip, rotate your left hand so that your thumb is positioned to the right of center (two to three of the left hand knuckles should be visible). The right hand also should be rotated to the right, matching the angle of the left hand. To experiment, turn your hands to the right until the ball begins to hook and then back off a little for optimal positioning.
Lighten up your grip pressure! Excessive pressure in your hands and arms inhibits the natural rotation of the clubface through the hitting area. Soften the pressure in your hands, wrists, arms and shoulders to encourage a more natural, effortless face rotation. If you imagined a scale running from zero to 10, where 10 was the tightest you could possibly squeeze the club and zero was the club slipping out of your hands, then the ideal pressure for most shots would be a 4.
Flatten Your Plane. Most slicers approach the ball on too vertical a plane, another error that facilitates an open clubface at the point of contact. A flatter swing shape will promote a natural squaring of the clubface and create the preferred right-to-left ball flight. To sense the feeling of swinging on a flatter plane, make some practice swings with the club head moving back and through at knee-high level. Swinging the club in this elevated position will help you feel the more rounded swing shape needed to allow the toe of your club head to rotate past the heel. After a few of these “baseball” swings, try one off the ground with the same feel. Your ensuing ball flight should be much straighter and, perhaps, curve slightly to the left.
Golf Tip #2: SPOT PUTT TO SMOOTH OUT YOUR PUTTING STROKE
Problem: When the pressure is on, I have found spot putting to be especially effective. In fact, two of the great pressure putters of all time, Dave Stockton and Jack Nicklaus, employ the spot technique.
One of the main benefits of spot putting is that it helps you maintain your putting posture throughout the stroke. Most golfers tend to rise up out of their posture prematurely, usually because they are anxious to see the results of their efforts. Rising up from your stance usually forces a stroke that strays off-line and sends the ball away from the intended target.
Spot putting can help you beat this flaw and improve the quality of your putts. Try this: Choose a spot on the green an inch or two in front of your ball and directly on the line you’ve chosen to roll your putt. I typically look for an unusual blade of grass or a colored spot on the putting surface. When you’re set to putt the ball, focus your eyes on your chosen spot—not your golf ball. Now, make your stroke with the goal of rolling the ball right over the spot. Remember, do not rise up from your putting posture until your putter head has passed your spot.
Spot putting effectively takes the hole out of your mind, which typically translates into a smoother stroke. In addition, by focusing on the spot rather than the ball, you’ll tend to properly accelerate the putter head down your intended line, which will result in more putts finding the hole.
To see the correct rotation, try this simple drill using your watch. Turn your watch so the face is on the underside of the wrist of your lead arm (the left arm for right-handed golfers, the right arm for left-handed golfers).
Keep your lead elbow a couple of inches from your side and rotate your forearm so you can see the entire face of the watch. The left wrist should be flat. This should help you visualize the proper rotation in your swing and prevent you from flipping the club with your wrists at impact.
If you do not rotate the clubface at all, the face of the watch remains pointed at the ground. During your swing, this incorrect movement results in the open clubface that causes a slice. If you try to rotate with your wrist and not your forearm, you will not see the entire face.
Golf Tip #4: POOR TEMPO
Problem: Improper speed and timing of golf swings produce errant shots.
To correct tempo problems, try to swing the club using the large leg and body muscles rather than your arms and hands.
Hit with 80% of your power, using the same effort you would use with a seven iron.Do not rush or force the down swing. Make a full turn, about 45 degrees with the hips and 90 degrees with the shoulders. Start the down swing from the ground up, legs and hips and let your arms fall into the hitting position before turning on the power.
Golf Tip #5: POOR BALANCE
Problem: Poor balance will slow your swing speed, proper swing sequencing, timing and solid contact.
Avoid having your weight to much on your toes or you heels.
To correct poor balance during your golf swing we use a very simple thought. You must finish your golf swing with your weight on your left foot while holding your finish position, as if you are posing for a picture. If you can finish like this, you have had good balance throughout the swing.