Fixing Your Golf Swing

 

golf swingThere are several golf swing flaws that can cause your shot to bend off line. The slice is the greatest problem facing the average golfer and the cause usually goes back to an inefficient or bad golf grip and or set up.

The golf grip is the first thing to look at when trying to fix a slice. A weak grip will open up the club at impact and that will impart the wicked spin that will slice your shot off line. To set a stronger grip you should be able to see two knuckles on your top hand.

For lefthanders this means rotating your left hand clockwise on the grip until it gets into the stronger position. A stronger grip will help you get the club face closed at ball impact which will result in a straight shot or a draw.

Fixing a Slice

If you are still slicing the ball (bending shots to the left for lefthanders) then you must also analyse your swing. The slice can result from cutting across the ball caused by an outside in golf swing. When you take back the club outside of the target line, to hit the ball you have to move back in on the downswing which opens up the body for the sliced shot. To correct this, practice slowly taking the club straight back and then letting it turn around your body as you rotate your hips or shoulders. Instructors will encourage people who have this problem to practice their swings alongside a wall, to get into the proper swing plane you have to avoid hitting the wall.

Another quick fix you can try to correct your slice is to simply close the face of the club as you address the ball. Turn the club so that the front corner is facing the ball (lefties should point the front tip of the club face toward one o clock.) Closing the face makes sure that you will get the club square at ball impact imparting topspin that will help the shot carry longer instead of slicing off line. If you are still having trouble hitting a draw you might consider a driver that is set up to encourage a shot that moves from left to right for the lefthanders.

Fixing a Hook Shot

There is nothing more frustrating than nailing a tee shot, watching it head straight for awhile only to have it hook offline and end up in the rough or out of bounds. The secret to controlling a hook could be in your golf grip or swing shape. Something is happening to cause the face of the club to be closed at impact and must be corrected.

A hook is produced by the spin imparted on the ball at club impact. Instead of being square, the club face is turned in when it strikes the ball. When this happens, you may think you have hit a good shot for a second before the ball starts to hook away from your target. The most common cause is a grip that is too strong. For lefthanders, it means that the left hand is placed on the club in too dominant position. When you set up to your shot and look down at your hands, no more than two knuckles on the left hand should be visible. If the hand is rotated too far to the right this will close the face of the club at impact and result in a hook.

There are other less common causes of a hook. You may be playing the ball too far forward in your stance. If you are catching the ball late, the face of the club will be closed at impact and a hook will result. If the grip fix didn’t improve your hook then try moving the ball back a little bit at address. Lefties hitting their driver should play the ball an inch or two behind the heel of their right foot.

A hook can also be the result of an inside out golf swing. Taking the club back too close to your body on the back swing can cause a hook. The fix is to take the club straight back and only bring it inside as you turn your hips away from the target. You want an inside out swing to draw the ball a little bit on your drives for longer distance but staying too far inside is going to result in a hook that will carry the shot way off line.