|Developing a proper follow-through is an essential part of fixing your slice. Sergio Garcia holds his follow-through position until the ball comes to rest. (Scott Stuart/EclipseSportsWire.com)|
There is nothing golfers fear more than the dreaded slice. With the proper technique, however, your slice can be a thing of the past.
Follow the tips below to say goodbye to your slice forever.
When addressing the ball, start by placing it in the heel area of the clubhead, as this will help to promote an inside-out swing path. Next, use a strong grip (hands turned back with the Vs from the thumb and forefingers turned toward the right shoulder, for right-hand golfers).
Make sure to grip the club lightly in the fingers with the right hand. This grip position will help you rotate the hands over, which squares the clubface upon impact. Finally, take a slightly closed stance.
Start the club back by turning the left shoulder away from the target feeling as though your left shoulder is behind the ball at the top of your backswing.
To help you make a full-shoulder turn, slide the left knee back to the center of your stance, and let your left heel come off the ground as you turn away from the target. On the top of your backswing, 80 percent of your weight should be on your back foot, and your head should remain over the ball.
You are now in position to unload your weight and power into your left side on the downswing.
Start the downswing by stepping down on your left heel and letting your left hip move slightly toward the target. As your lower body starts to move, pull your hands down, keeping your right elbow close to your right hip as long as possible.
This is the moment of truth: Keep the shoulders square to the target as the club head strikes the ball.
At this point, the hands and arms should pass your body, your right hand should be turning over your left hand (releasing the club), and the force of your swing should pull you off your right foot so your weight will be moving toward the target.
As you release the club through impact, let your arms straighten out toward the target. From here, let the momentum of your swing continue until your hands finish up high.
Hold this follow-through while you watch the ball fly down the fairway. (A good example of a PGA Tour player to watch is Sergio Garcia as he holds his follow-through position until the ball comes to rest.)
As you practice the follow-through, feel as though the momentum of your swing is pulling you through. Try not to force this motion.
January 28, 2010
Les Miller was a longtime Golf Writers of America member who covered golf instruction for several newspapers and golf publications. His many years of experience as a golf professional, director of product development and tour relations for several major golf companies gave him a unique background and ability to help golfers increase their enjoyment of the game.