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CANT STOP SLICING WOODS!!!! HELP!

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HI,

been playing a coule years, got h.cap down to 15, but lately have been shooting pretty low rounds (73-81), but each round there will be a shocking hole usually caused by a poor tee shot. Particularly with 3wood and the driver (titleist 910 F 15 3wood, Titleist 909D3 9.5 Driver), but am hitting everything else really solid.

I either top the ball, or hit huge slices with the 3 wood (NO DRAW WHAT SO EVER)

and either hit big slices or nice straight fades with driver (again zero draw)

BUT am hitting all irons with a nice draw!?!?!!?!?!?

I think im coming a bit too steep, and have managed to sort out my slice with the irons, just with woods its the same old story.

HELP, are there any drills anyone knows of to keep me from swaying slightly in the backswing, and to get me hitting a straighter off the tee?? and stopping my backswing becoming too steep at the top!?

THANKS

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No your stuck on your back foot, your getting your weight back and its staying there. The reason is your topping a driver or 3-wood, this is telling me that your swinging in a way that you can't make solid contact with the golf ball were its positioned in the golf swing. this can also cause a slice as well because when you fall away or have your weight back you want to flip at the ball to be able to hit it. So you end up comming over the top, or holding off the clubface and the ball will start right and go right.

I would stop taking such a big turn, and keep more flexion in that front knee through out the swing.

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Look at swings of PGA pros - their backswing is steep, their downswing is flatter caused by dropping right elbow (righties) into slot.
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ok so drop the right elbow a bit and remain a bit more neutral in the backswing.

but saevel25 what do you mean by not taking such a big turn and keep the flexion in the front knee?

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http://golf.ubersense.com/video/view/M8zFw7kQ/woods-3-wood-16

can anyone see this?

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If your rotating your body so much that your pulling your self to your back foot, Then your doing the following

1) your shoulder turn is to shallow, meaning your left shoulder didn't drop enough

2) your not rotating your hips in the backswing

3) your taking way to big of a turn

These three things will pull you away from your target, to your back foot. From there is very hard to get the weight forward enough to have solid contact with normal ball position

Many Amateurs will loose there spine tilt in the downswing. They will straighten there left leg way to early. In reality your left hip rotates back and up, and your right hip drives down and towards the target. A way to get your weight forward at impact is to keep knee flexion, like keeping yourself in a squat. This is the move were a pro will sit down in the downswing, tiger made this famous when he came out. Because he leveraged the ground for power. He's an extreme at doing this though, he has absurd timing.

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Make sure you aren't trying to murder the ball with your woods. People who slice tend to overswing. Stay balanced and let the club do the work. Good luck!

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Originally Posted by mikep34

HELP, are there any drills anyone knows of to keep me from swaying slightly in the back swing, and to get me hitting a straighter off the tee?? and stopping my back swing becoming too steep at the top!?

A good practice drill to work on at the range would be to place your feet close together and hit shots from this position.

Start with smooth easy swings and hit at least a dozen balls.

Then progressively, spread your feet apart in small increments, after hitting 5 or 6 balls, still swinging smooth and easy.

The objective is to hit the ball at your target and straight during this routine.

When you start hitting shots in this manner, then try a few swings with your normal stance.

This is a tough practice drill to preform correctly, but will help you make the necessary corrections.

Balance is difficult with the feet close together. To maintain your balance, the swing will need to easy and slower than normal.

Also, as in hitting any wood and long irons, the swing needs to be a longer arc.

A good practice drill is to keep the club low and drag it on the ground as long as you can during the takeaway / back swing.

All of the other comments are also very good thoughts to consider and work out.

Especially noted " over swinging and trying to kill the ball"

Club Rat

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Well there are a few reasons for slicing Open Clubface with In-Out swing Push Slice Out to in swing, slice.(pull slice) Only open clubface(starts straight then slices) First I reccomend identifying what type of slice you have before we can help you further(without seeing your swing)
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Originally Posted by mchichioco

Well there are a few reasons for slicing

Open Clubface with In-Out swing Push Slice

Out to in swing, slice.(pull slice)

Only open clubface(starts straight then slices)

First I reccomend identifying what type of slice you have before we can help you further(without seeing your swing)

Please read this: http://thesandtrap.com/b/playing_tips/ball_flight_laws .

The bold is wrong (and the others are too - you clearly believe path determines the start line of the golf ball).

Thank you.

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they generally start down the left centre and then fade/slice right.

have been practicing slowing the club speed down and concentrating on rolling my wrists over at impact, trying to create more draw.

but have still noticed a few leaking right. hit literally every fairway today through 18 (used it on about 13 holes) but noticed the ball starting left fairway and finishing right fairway. So all in all not the end of the world but there is still that ball wanting to go right instead of holding its line.

will put the close feet, progressive drill tomorrow as I am playing again. I'l try and get a video up asap, get it on youtube or something and see if anyone can help further.

thanks a lot!

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