Find yourself slicing or hooking the golf ball off the tee and into the trees too many times for your liking? Check out these simple tips from Danny Maude, Head PGA Professional at Canterbury Golf Club, to get yourself back in the centre of the fairway more often than not.
Danny's video looks at how to eliminate those dreaded slices and hooks, and instead get you sending the ball into the Mayor's office...
THREE TIPS TO STOP SLICING YOUR DRIVER AND HITTING THE BALL STRAIGHT
1. Grip - you do not want your hands turning too much towards the target. We want to strengthen your grip, or turn it away from the target so you can see more knuckles (2:10 on the video to see how to do this). Change the grip, then hit golf balls. It might take some practice, but this is the first stage.
2. Closing the face - the handle should be slightly ahead of the club face. With your new grip, we want to rotate the face of the club down and turn the knuckles down. Don't throw the shoulder, you just want the bottom part of the forearm working. Get that sensation of closing the face (4:50 on the video to see how to do this). Don't rush this - try to get a draw working from right to left.
3. Pressure on the back of the golf ball - we don't want chicken wings and flicky strikes at the ball, we want pressure on the back of the golf ball (6:10 on the video to see how to do this).
THREE TIPS TO STOP HOOKING YOUR DRIVER AND HITTING THE BALL STRAIGHT
1. Grip - so to prevent those hooks, we want to reverse the entire process for curing a slice. The right hand is likely too much under the club, so you need to move your hands towards the target. Rather than have maybe four knuckles on the lead hand showing, we want to see two or three. Hit some shots and get a feel for what you are doing (9:50 on the video to see how to do this).
2. Opening the face - get a sensation of feeling like you are opening up and leaving the face a little bit more open through the impact area. Do not move onto stage three until you have reduced the amount you are hooking the golf ball (10:50 on the video to see how to do this).
3. Reduce the pressure on the back of the golf ball - you need to let the club release because you are holding on way too much. When you apply too much pressure, the handle gets very high and you get underneath causing you to either block it to the right or flip it way left. The split-hand drill is great to cure this (12:20 on the video to see how to do this).
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