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Stop Slicing Your Driver

Are you hitting big bananas?

How to fix your slice

For a right handed golfer, a slice is when the ball sets off and curves wildly to the right in the air to finish way off the intended target.

Watch the video to fix your slice

Why do I slice the ball?

First, let’s get an understanding of what is happening when you slice the ball. This is fairly simple…

The clubface is open relative to the direction (path) in which the clubhead is swinging.

So, if the clubface is looking directly at your target at impact but it is swinging in a direction to the left of the target – the ball will slice.

You could have a clubface that is actually closed (aiming left) of the target at impact and still slice the ball so long as the swing direction is sufficiently left of where the clubface is aiming – resulting in the clubface still being ‘open’ relative to the swing path.

Terminology

Clubface
The clubface can be described as open, square or closed to the target OR open, square, closed relative to the swing path.

It is the clubface relative to the swing path (not the target) that creates curvature on the ball.

clubface closed, square and open

A slicer always has the clubface aiming to the right of the swing path (open)

Clubhead path
The direction in which the clubhead is swinging from (and to) just before and after impact is known as the club path. A swing path that is to the left is known as out to in (Image A). One to the right is known as in to out (Image C) A straight path would be slightly in to square to slightly in (Image B).

Golf Swing paths
Swing Paths Explained

A slicers clubhead path is nearly always significantly out to in

Example: You could have a clubface that is 10 degrees closed (aiming left) of target at impact but still put slice spin on the ball, so long as the clubface is swinging more than 10 degrees to the left of the target line.

What to do to fix your slice

What do we fix first – the open clubface or the out to in swing path?

In most cases we choose to fix the open clubface first.

If you can stop the ball slicing to the right – the change of swing becomes so much easier.

It is very difficult to swing more to the right when you are so used to seeing the ball disappear in the trees on the right.

However, if we fix the clubface and the ball starts to go straight left then the there is a much greater willingness to swing the club, what feels like, more to the right of target.

Check your hold on the club

incorrect hold on the golf club with the grip running too much through the palm
Stop holding the club through the palm of the left hand!

A poor hold on the club is the most common reason for an open clubface at impact. All too often I see the handle of the club running too much through the palm of the left hand instead of through the fingers.

Correct hold on the club more in the fingers of the left hand
The left hand should hold the club more in the fingers

Position your left hand as pictured then put the fleshy pad at the heel of the hand on the front of the grip. When you look down you should not be able to see any of the rubber of the grip and 2-3 knuckles will be visible on the back of the hand.

Swing – stop steering!

Trying to hit the ball straight is the number one reason golfers slice the ball. Yes, you read that correctly!

I see golfers desperately trying to guide the ball down the middle and this leads to too much tension and a lack of what we call ‘release’ of the club. The angle formed between the back of the right hand and the forearm is maintained through impact and beyond which leave the clubface way open.

How to release the golf club correctly to stop a slice
Use a tennis racket to work on the correct impact position

The correct release sees the angle coming out and the forearms rotating over – a bit like a tennis top spin shot.

Do whatever it takes to get the clubface closed!

At this stage we are not going to change the swing path.

Instead, focus on making sure the clubface is closed at impact. This takes some practice but once you get it you will see the ball flying lower, to the left and it will go much further.

Once you get used to seeing the ball flying left you will be able to confidently change your club path without fear of the ball setting off right and going further right.

TOP TIPS….
1. Make sure your left hand hold is more in the fingers

2. Let the clubhead go past the grip of the club before impact – release the club and let it close (like a topspin tennis shot)

3. Feel like you are swinging way out to the right – the exact opposite of what you have been doing all this time!

To help you, I recommend setting up a gate using two headcovers as pictured here.

Golf drill to stop a sliced drive

This encourages the feeling of an in to out swing path and, when combined with a clubface that is closed and not open, you will see a significant change in your ball flight.

Book a lesson and get your slice fixed fast!

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Do you want to hit the ball further?

Just about every golfer we speak to would love to gain a few yards.

Even the long hitters wouldn’t say no to gaining distance and if you take a look at what Bryson DeChambeau has done this year there is no doubt hitting the ball further has distinct advantages.

At the very top of the game there is a strong case to say that some of the most famous courses may become overpowered by the big hitting tour players.

Gary Player has recently stated that he thinks The Old Course at St.Andrews, host to The Open in 2022 will be torn apart. The South African said he feared big-hitters like DeChambeau are going to drive the course into submission.

“Isn’t it sad? The great home of golf, St Andrews, a place we all love and adore, that is so obsolete,” said Player. “Bryson has put on 40 yards and it is going to ruin it. They are going to drive nine greens at St Andrews”

However, at amateur level, lots of golfers would see a huge benefit to hitting the ball further. Making Par 4’s reachable in two and being able to hit shorter irons into each green. All this translates into more pars, birdies and of course more fun!

The best news of all is that with the help of PGA Pro Kris Nicol, you have a fantastic opportunity to hit the ball further than you ever have done.

The Speed Clinic at Dunes

No matter what your age, gender or how far you currently hit the ball – this clinic will benefit you!

Be the envy of your golfing partners as you start bombing the ball miles past them.

Superspeed Golf

By applying the time-tested and scientifically validated principles of Overspeed Training to golf instruction, our team at Dunes has developed a program that will help all golfers increase distance and consistency.

Our Speed Clinic coach, Kris Nicol, has seen the benefits first hand.

“I started the Superspeed training programme at the beginning of lockdown and the gains I have made are unbelievable! 115mph was my max clubhead speed with a driver but now I can reach 123mph! So now when I go and play I can easily achieve faster speeds without as much effort. That’s game changing for me and now I am excited about what I can do for you!” – Kris Nicol, PGA Golf Professional

Kris Nicol ready to help you gain serious yardage
Kris Nicol is ready to help you gain serious yardage!

This is a 6 – week speed intensive program to improve your overall club head speed. We will meet once a week for 60 minutes to work on improving your club head speed, utilising the Super Speed protocols. Each week your certified Super Speed trainer, Kris Nicol will take you through the exercises that will change your game!

In addition to training extra speed in your swing, Kris will use his knowledge and the launch monitor at Dunes to help you optimise your clubhead delivery to the ball.

The potential gains in yardage are huge with some of you easily adding 50 yards to your tee shots alone! We are so confident that this works that we will guarantee you a 20 yard increase so long as you stick to the programme.

Note: This programme does not require you to go to the gym or change anything else. It works on training the mind and the physical body simultaneously.

The total cost for the 6 hour course plus your own set of Speed Sticks (worth £209.99) is less than a new driver at just £350.00 (and will give you more benefit too!)

Spaces are limited to 6 (Social distancing is adhered to at all times) and is on a first come first served basis. Call us on 01346 510693 to book or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/speedclinic

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Have you ever been told to keep your head down?


Why this is the biggest myth in golf…

I find myself compelled to repeat this message every year as part of my mission to help people play better, more enjoyable golf, and in this case…to save them from injury to.

Every week I hear amateur golfers telling each other that the cause of the bad shot they just hit was because they lifted their head.

This is usually followed by the instruction “KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!”

I even have pupils tell me after a bad shot in a lesson that they ‘knew’ what went wrong there… “I lifted my head!”

I often show the pupil the video back and prove to them that they did not lift their head and in actual fact, the thought keeping their head down was one of the main causes of the bad shot.

This SHOCK news is often hard to take on board, so ingrained is this thought in the mind of the amateur golfer. In fact, this swing advice seems the fix for pretty much every bad shot.

Let me help you now…GET RID OF THE THOUGHT ‘KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!’ It will be one of the best things you do for your golf game, AND your physical health!

In over 20 years as a PGA golf coach I can tell you how many times someone lifting their head was the cause of a bad shot – NOT ONCE!

Most advanced level players understand that keeping the head down is some what undesired and once they have hit the shot they allow the head to release freely. 

An inhibited head movement in the follow through restricts shoulder rotation, weight transfer and then ultimately club path through impact. It will also effect the release of the forearms and club head.

Worse still, it putts extra strain on your back and neck and, if you were to rotate effectively through impact and keep you head ‘down’ at the same time, you would rupture the top of your spine!

Keeping your head down also effects your starting posture. The spine becomes curved and with the chin tucked in to your chest you cannot turn properly and build up power. In many cases keeping the head down like this actually causes the body to lift in the backswing as the shoulder pushes the chin up.

Annika Sorenstam – certainly not ‘keeping’ her head down

Jim Mclean and Hank Haney are two of the Worlds’ top coaches and here is what they have to say:

“Many top players never see the ball at impact or even in the downswing. Players that do this include – Annika Sorenstam, David Duval, Jim Furyk, Steve Elkington and Paul Azinger. You must almost consciously look up at the target quickly after impact or risk hanging on the right side too long and restricting the movement of the body.”
Jim McLean

”I worked with Tiger to look up very quickly almost before he hit the shot like David Duval and Annika Sorenstam. Releasing the head early really helps to stop the body from working underneath and back in the downswing.”

Hank Haney (Excerpt from The Big Miss)

I hear so many well intentioned parents, grandparents, husbands, friends and so on telling the new golfer to ‘keep their head down’. I cringe when I hear this as I know what damage it does to a potentially good golf swing. So, please stop giving out this terrible advice and start letting yourself and your fellow golfers develop a swing that flows through to face the target, just like all good players do!

Look at the head position of all of these top golf pro’s when they are at or around impact

STOP TELLING EACH OTHER TO KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN – PLEASE!

You could argue that there are many top players who are still looking at the ground where the ball was after impact but I can tell you that this is not a conscious effort. You will see that the head is free to rotate with the body thus allowing the swing to sequence better, creating more power and greater accuracy.

Next time you go to the range – give it a go for yourself and experience the freedom of movement and extra power you can create.

Find out what you need to do differently to improve any aspect of your game…

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