So late in 2012 and into the first few months of 2013 I developed a slice with my driver. When I first started playing golf last summer driving was actually one of the better parts of my game, however, as I played more and more and improved my swing I ended up with a terrible slice with my driver.
I realized that I was coming over the top and this was causing the slice. I read in several places about the benefits of having a compact swing and I think that this was part of the problem as I was likely standing too close to the ball and coming too much inside on the back swing which lead to me coming over the top on the down swing and thus the ball slicing with my driver.
I have since fixed this over the last few months and a friend of mine that I played with last weekend had not seen me since I had my slice. He asked how I fixed it as he is going through similar issues. I explained that I stood further away from the ball and made sure that my arms were fully extended at address and then made sure to keep this extension as long as possible on the back swing. I explained that I did not even take the club that far back on the back swing but that the full extension had resulted in much straighter ball flight along with greater distance. I also found that in extending like this that it helped with my balance and my weight transfer.
Does this sound right to the experienced players and teachers out there? My question now is if I should adjust my driver. The ball flight on my drives has decreased, it's not low, but it's not as high as it used to be. I'm fine with this as the ball is going straighter and I am getting more distance (probably because of better weight transfer). I have been playing a Taylormade R11s TP driver and it's been on the stock settings which include a 10.5 degree loft.
Would I get even more distance if I lowered the loft a degree? If I lower the loft then should I also close the clubface since I think I remember reading that lowering the loft opens the club face? Currently the club face is set at neutral. Thanks for your assistance!