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Here’s one for all you slicers out there. The typical slice that we see here is with the club coming in from over here, the outside with a face open, so it was really more of a pull slice. The swing direction starts of all a little left, but the club face is open, so it overrides it and makes it slice off to the right. That’s the most common slice we see. Quite honestly, that’s the move that pays my mortgage. I’m giving lessons all day, every day, trying to get people out of that.
And one of the ways we do it, this is kind of an old-school drill. It’s very effective. You take an open stance. So I’ve got my stance line along the yellow line, but then I close my upper body so my chest is more parallel to this white line out here. And then the idea is this is going to encourage me to swing more like this and, in part, draw a rotation on the ball, as opposed to like this, where I am part slice rotation. If you can spin a ball with a ping pong paddle or a tennis racket, you know how to spin a ball with a club face in golf because it’s really the same physics.
So we align our feet this way. And by the way, the reason we have this open stance is going to help me get all the way over to my left side when I finish. So we’re open with the feet or closed with the chest. Ball’s more opposite my right foot, so from over there to look like it’s way back in the stance, but because my chest is facing that way, it isn’t really back in my stance.
And now we just try to make that kind of round swing right around the golf ball in that thing, that’s really overhooking there, but that’s what we try to do is get the ball going the other way, a little too much. It boils down to the path of the club and the face of the club so that makes you get the path more from the inside. And by setting up like this, we rotate around and that helps the face close to create the draw. In that case, quite honestly, it was a little more of a hook, but that’s what we’re going for.