A majority of golfers struggle with a slice but turning that ugly ball flight into a draw is possible with a few tips.
By Sabrina Naccarato
I’ve never stood on a tee box and heard a playing partner say, “oh, please slice, please slice,” after their shot. The usual expression is, “oh, please stop slicing!”
We surveyed our students, and 94% of them come into GOLFTEC currently hitting a slice. Just looking at that stat, more golfers are prone to struggle with a slice than any other ball flight. That’s a ton of balls landing in the right rough.
These golfers end up in a GOLFTEC bay because they want to change that ball flight, well, among other things. So you probably won’t be surprised when 97% of them say they want to hit a draw or straight ball. And if you’re a seasoned golfer, you know that’s easier said than done.
Perfecting the Path
As most of our students know, you can’t just walk into a lesson, and after a few swings, your slice is magically gone. It takes time and, honestly, quite a bit of rebuilding. That rebuild begins with a break down of your swing path and clubface direction. But trying to mess with both at the same time becomes tricky. So, for the sake of simplicity and your sanity, let’s only focus on one: path.
Swing path is crucial when trying to encourage a draw, and Director of Teaching Quality, Patrick Nuber, is sharing a couple of tips that’ll help change your path to promote a draw.
This might sound crazy, but the best way you’re going to encourage the ball to draw is to aim a little more to the right.
You can do this by moving your lead knee slightly ahead of your trail knee and lead arm a little higher than your trail arm at address.
And then, when you’ve taken the club back, and it’s reached parallel to the ground, try to point the clubface down. You can do this by rolling the lead wrist down or by taking the trail palm and pushing it towards the ground. You can use either method, as long as the clubface is pointed down.
Now, these are not quick swing changes, and once you add a ball, it’s probably going to feel a little off.
The only way to engrain these changes into your swing is by taking half swings, eventually working your way up to a full swing, and by consistently practicing. Your slice won’t go away overnight, but by adding these changes, you’ll start to see it fade with every swing.
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