Full Swing

Slicing is a very common problem, in fact probably the most common problem facing social golfers.  Let’s start by looking at the cause.

The problem occurs because the face of your club is open at impact which forces the ball to the right (for right handed golfers). This presents itself as a slice and appears worse in your driver than any other club because it goes lower and further than any other club. In fact your slice would be therein all of your clubs, just not so evident because other clubs go higher and a shorter distance so they don’t deviate as much,

So how do you fix it? Well fixing a slice is much easier than you think. The reason most social golfers slice is due to a weak grip. This is where your top hand (left hand for RH golfers) is turned to far forward which forces you leave the club open at impact. The easiest way to check this is by taking your normal stance and grip with a club and then look down (without moving your head) and see how many knuckles you can see on your top (left) hand. If you have a weak grip you will most likely only see the one on your index finger. You should be able to see at least 2 and a strong grip will show 3. If you can’t see the 2nd knuckle on your top hand, turn your hand further inwards until you can.

The swing plane is the overall angle of the swing arc relative to the ground. To try to imagine this, pretend the shaft of the club had paint on it and it came off when you swung the club. You would end up with an arc around you, similar to the way the moons travel around a planet like Saturn.

Right, so what is the right plane?

Well the main thing to consider here is that the club needs to travel on pretty much the same line going back on your takeaway as it does when it comes through to impact and if it doesn’t you will have inconsistency problems.

So how do I fix it?

The best way to fix it is to use a training aid which shows you the correct swing plane. There are plenty of them available, some of them quite complex and expensive, but others very simple and cheap. I recommend the Swingyde, it helps you to achieve the correct swing plane and that will lead to a more consistent golf swing.