Most golfers slice the ball. It's a fact. And there are many different devices, books, theories and hours spent trying to fix that dreaded over-the-top move. It's not an easy fix. However, I have a recipe that I think will quickly have you hitting the ball both straighter and farther in no time.
And I'm going to keep it simple! I'm going to tell you how to hook the ball. So here it goes...
1. You slice the ball because your shoulders are open to the target line address. What does that mean? Well, stand up straight arms at your side, then spin your shoulders 30% to the left keeping your feet where they are. This is how you address the ball with a club in your hand, and this is the primary reason why you slice it!
So... let's set you up to hook it. Instead of setting up to the ball with your shoulders 30% open, set up to the ball with your shoulders 20% closed - that right -your back is slightly facing the target! This is the default set up position if you want to hook the ball.
2. You slice the ball because your shoulders are open to the target line even before you make contact with the ball. They open up early because they are set open at address.
Now... because you are setting your shoulders closed to the target line at address, you have a much better chance of having your shoulders square - or if all goes well slightly closed to the target line at impact.
TRUTH - it is impossible to slice the ball if your shoulders are square or slightly closed to the target line at impact!!!
3. You slice the ball because the face is open at impact. You are keeping it open instinctively because your subconscious knows that if you release the club from an over the top attack position the ball is going to go dead left and kill somebody.
So... if your shoulders are slightly closed to the target line at impact - the more you release your hands, the more you'll hook it!
3 simple keys to hooking the ball and eliminating the slice
1. Address the ball with your shoulders CLOSED to the target line
2. It is impossible to slice the ball if your shoulders are square or slightly closed to the target line at impact.
3. Release your hands. If your shoulders are closed to the target at impact, release those hands, generate maximum speed and watch that ball hook!
I told you I could fix it! Good golfing!
Lee Tamburano - Ottawa Golf Guru