NAPLES — If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are a slicer. More than 80 percent of all golfers slice the ball. The biggest reason for this is that the golf swing movement is a side of the line hitting game.
By this, I mean that we are standing to the side of the object we are striking, and we then, mistakenly, try to apply the power with the upper-right quadrant (right shoulder) from the top of our swing. This movement seems natural, but only will continue to cause that dreaded right shot.
There are three basic causes of the sliced shot:
1. A clubface that is open to the target line at impact,
2. A clubhead path that is swinging left of the target line at impact.
3. An angle of attack that is coming down on a steep, descending angle into the ball.
Fortunately for us, the slice is quite easily fixed.
The first and most important thing you must fix is the face angle. This can be fixed by turning your grip more to your right, assuming you are a right-handed golfer.
The second controller of the face is the left wrist. Make sure it is flat and in line with your left forearm throughout the swing.
The third controller of the face is the release of the hands and forearms through the hitting area. The more the release, the more the ball will go to the left.
The next thing for the slicer to fix is the path of the clubhead through the impact area. Basically, the path of the club through the impact area is controlled by the shoulder alignment and the stance. So if you are a slicer, close up your stance by aiming your body slightly to the right of your target. In addition to this, a simple thought that helps the slicer swing more inside-out is the idea of swinging the club to 1 o'clock or to right-center field.
The last thing to fix is the angle of attack into the ball. This can be fixed by lowering the plane of the swing at the top of the swing. This will create a shallower, more inside-out approach to the ball.
If you are a lifelong slicer, and you want power and desire to hook the ball, you must comply with these simple rules. Why be part of that 80 percent of golfers who are missing greens to the right? Commit to a hook and have more fun with the game.
Jim Suttie gives instruction to members and public at TwinEagles Country Club in Naples on Immokalee Road and Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont, Ill., in summer. Dr. Suttie was the 2000 National PGA Teacher of the Year; is a Golf Digest 50 Best Teachers in America and a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. For Instruction, and availability call 800-765-3838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website is www.jimsuttie.com, www.facebook.com/jimsuttie;Twitter@docsuttie.