5 Swing Flaws You Can Correct To Eliminate A Slice |
by Golf Illustrated
If you watch almost anyone who plays golf part-time, you will notice the usual ball flight that starts left or even at the intended target and then moves to the right uncontrollably ? the dreaded slice. The key to eliminating it in your own swing is to learn why it happens, fundamentally speaking, and how to correct these flaws within your motion as they begin to occur.
In order to do this, you must understand five important concepts of the swing: 1) the role of the body, 2) the role of the clubshaft, 3) the various plane-angle shifts used during the transition, 4) the pivot motion of the body from delivery through the ball, and 5) how to read your ball flight.
The body has but one role in the swing ? to maintain balance while providing the foundation for the rotational motion used during the swing, thrusting the arms, hands and clubshaft in the normal ?swinging? motion.
Simply stated, you must maintain your best balance while the club orbits around your body throughout the swing. Any loose motion will cause you to lose your balance, with the club?s orbit being disrupted.
To keep your swing in balance, you must set up correctly at address, focusing on maintaining the proper forward bending of the spine, the correct amount of lateral spinal bending and the appropriate knee flex. To set the proper forward bending of the spine, you will need to look for two things. First, from a down-the-line view, your clubshaft should point at your belt line. Secondly, your arms should hang slightly out from vertical to clear your upper chest.
All this should be done with your balance point around the middle to back of the saddles of your shoes. If your clubs do not fit your posture, you need to have them adjusted.
Setting the proper lateral bending of the spine is just as easy. You must be leaning away from your target in the upper torso while your hips remain centered. This will move your center of gravity behind the midline of your body and allow you to displace weight much easier into your rear foot during the backswing.
Finally, to set the proper flex of the knees, you must determine just how much rotary motion you need during your backstroke. If you feel more comfortable turning more in the backswing, then don?t flex your knees as much at address. If you need less turn to the top, flex your knees more.
As you look down, your knees should be flexed somewhere between the bowknot and midpoint of your laces. Use a mirror to audit this flex and understand the differences.
Once you have set up in a good position, the next step is to ensure you have a solid rotational base for your club to orbit. Some players require big rotational motions to the top (like John Daly), while others are much tighter (such as Tiger Woods) in route to the top.