Originally Posted by SloverUT
Interesting you would say that because that is also how they taught my at the 5SK school. It could be dependant on each persons swing, not sure. However, at address they had me line the face to the right of the target.
It DOESN'T go without saying - so I should probably preface every piece of swing advice I ever try to spew out with it - that I don't know squat. ;) The real answer, I'm guessing, is probably that everybody is different. They've never told me to open my club face at address, but I can guess why ... my miss pre-5SK was already a push or push-cut, so they probably felt no need to "enhance" that. Maybe your miss is a straight draw or pull or something??
In wrecker's case, I was going off of what was given, and I subscribe to the same school of teaching as the doctor from the old joke ...
"Hey doc, it hurts when I move my arm like this, what should I do?"
"Umm, don't move your arm like that"
... What I mean is that he said he was opening the club face at address and the result was a push slice. It's certainly possible that the clubface is fine and his path is simply nowhere near where he needs it to be, however, while he's working on the path fix, it seems like closing that clubface down, at least as an experiment, is worth a try.
Think of it this way: If he opens the club face 4* at address and is able to return that club face to that same point, and his path is currently 2* to the right, well then he's going to hit push-cuts. If he closes that clubface back to square at address he should start hitting draws. Now, they may be straight draws instead of push draws, but thats ok because now he can open the clubface at address a bit (but less than before) and maybe find the shape he's looking for.
Again, to reiterate to the OP ... I don't know squat, so take all of this with a grain of salt. ;)