Golf Asia|May - June 2020
THE 4 KEY REASONS YOU CAN’T STOP SLICING
A slice can stem from a combination of flaws – but you can bet your bottom dollar that at least one of the following is to blame. let’s fix them all!
A WEAK GRIP
When we reference a ‘weak’ grip, we’re not talking about grip pressure. We’re talking about the position of the hands and the top hand in particular. In a good grip, you should be able to see two to three knuckles on the top hand. If there are more than three knuckles, the grip is ‘strong’. Fewer than two and the grip is ‘weak’. A weak grip often causes the clubface to be too open at the top of the backswing, which in turn leads to it being open (aiming) right at impact.
BAD AIM & ALIGNMENT
If you don’t aim the gun correctly, the bullet will never hit the target. The same holds true in golf. Many amateurs set up aiming too far right of the target. When that happens, their natural body alignment and swing will cause them to hit the ball in that direction. To avoid that happening, they’re forced to swing across the ball-target line in the downswing to get the club back on track. That leads to weak, left-to-right ball spin.
AN INCOMPLETE SHOULDER TURN
Watch any of the world’s top golfers and you’ll see that they all rotate their upper body and shoulders through 90 degrees. A full coil is not only a major source of power, it’s essential for accuracy. Without a full turn, you’ll struggle to shift your weight correctly onto the right side going back and then back to the left in the downswing. To hit the ball powerfully, you’ve got to get off your front foot in the backswing.
A POOR RELEASE
To create that desirable right-to-left draw spin, you have to actively release the club, rotating your forearms and hingeing your wrists through impact and into your follow-through. Without this action the club will remain ‘open’ through the hitting area, causing shots to leak to the right. Think of the motion as to how you’d look to hit a forehand winner down the line when playing tennis.
FIX YOUR GRIP
4 STEPS TO FORMING THE PERFECT GRIP
1 Tilt from your hips
Form your grip once you’ve placed the club behind the ball, not while the club is in the air. Tilt forwards from your hips to lower your hands to the grip. This gives the added benefit of great posture!
2 Hold in the fingers not the palm
As you apply your left hand, make sure the grip lays diagonally across the base of your fingers, not in the meaty part of the palm. Hold it too high in the palm and you restrict your natural wrist action.
3 Thumb rests just right of center
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May - June 2020