How to cure your slice or hook
5:00pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport
When out on the course, your swing can often produce a shot you are really trying to avoid.
If you regularly suffer from a hook or slice it is probably a fault lying deep within your technique which rears its head when you least want it to.
If your tendency is to slice (the ball starting left of the target and bending to the right for a right-handed golfer), the chances are you are opening out the shoulders too early in the downswing and swinging the club from out to in across the ball.
When on the driving range, try positioning your driver head cover just outside and to the right of the ball when on the tee (picture one).
Your aim is to swing the club head down and inside the head cover which produces a more shallow in-to-out angle of attack which sweeps the ball from the tee.
Imagine your target is positioned at 12 o’clock on a clock face. Your objective is to swing, approaching the ball from seven o’clock and through to one o’clock to sweep the ball away.
An equally destructive hook has the opposite effect. The ball starts out to the right of the target and turns violently left.
The tendency is to slow the body turn down in an effort to stop hitting the ball left. The club drops behind the body and the hands are left to whip the club face into the ball.
Cure the hook by placing the cover just outside and to the left of the ball on the tee (picture two).
Your objective is to keep the shoulders turning aggressively to the left of your target which encourages the club head to approach the ball from five o’clock and swing out to 11 o’clock.
If you suffer from the hook or slice, try avoiding hitting the head cover drill on your next visit to the driving range which will help to get the tee shots back on track.