Slice, slice, go away! (Part 1)
By Erika Larkin on 5/23/12
What is a slice?
A slice is when a golfer hits a shot that curves dramatically to the right (for right handed players).
So what causes a slice?
Typically a slice occurs when the clubface is open at impact. The more the ball curves right, typically the golfer aims left to compensate and before you know it, there is 50 yards of sideways movement with a high trajectory and the golfer wonders why they are losing distance.
I will argue that to find a neutral swing, you sometimes have to feel the opposite of your norm. I challenge you slicers out there to head to the driving range and try the following:
Erika Larkin is the Director of Instruction at Larkin Golf Learning Community at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. She was recently named the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA "Teacher of the Year" and the 2011 "Top Golf Pro" by Washingtonian Magazine and she's ClubSG's newest columnist. She'll be writing on a variety of topics including instruction, so if you have a question for her or an idea for a column, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
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Best tip mentioned that's helped my slice has been flipping or rolling the hands over. Just this evening I was shouting "turn em", while swinging drives and irons when needed (slice getting out of hand). Those were my best shots becuase I forced the turns and broke my casual open swing slicing wicked ways. You don't have to shout but roll em!
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