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so im 21 and have only seriously been golfing for about 7 months. i have played a few times here and there for a few years but never really made the effort to really play and get better. but this year i have. i have no pro help or instruction (not yet anyway) and frankly am still learning about things as i go (rules terminology etc.) i mean i know what a birdie, and bogey are though. 

 

anyway, i have a mean slice with my driver. it seems to have really gotten worse the more i have played. maybe its because my swing speed has increased? my irons on the other hand seem to be ok. i will occasionally hit a slight fade but 4/5 times it will be straight (i do need to work on my consistency though, sometimes will blade or hit it fat) my drives on the other hand, 4/5 shots will slice, or sometimes all 5 haha. 

 

any advice that may help? i know it hard without seeing the swing and its a bit of a shot in the dark but anything will help. i will try to get a video or pictures up soon.

 

thanks for any help.

post #2 of 8
The best advise I got when first starting out was to get my tempo. Distance off the tee will follow providing you make a good connection with the ball. Take your time with your swing and even take a 3/4 back swing to start.
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Howdy - what helped me to stop slicing was when I finally started delivering the clubhead into the ball from INSIDE the target line, instead of crossing over the target line on the downswing.  A good visual, and something you can practice is to grab a club and face a wall.  When you swing, the clubhead should never hit the wall - it should come into the ball from inside the wall.  Let me know if this helps.

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Originally Posted by drave199 View Post
 

so im 21 and have only seriously been golfing for about 7 months. i have played a few times here and there for a few years but never really made the effort to really play and get better. but this year i have. i have no pro help or instruction (not yet anyway) and frankly am still learning about things as i go (rules terminology etc.) i mean i know what a birdie, and bogey are though. 

 

anyway, i have a mean slice with my driver. it seems to have really gotten worse the more i have played. maybe its because my swing speed has increased? my irons on the other hand seem to be ok. i will occasionally hit a slight fade but 4/5 times it will be straight (i do need to work on my consistency though, sometimes will blade or hit it fat) my drives on the other hand, 4/5 shots will slice, or sometimes all 5 haha. 

 

any advice that may help? i know it hard without seeing the swing and its a bit of a shot in the dark but anything will help. i will try to get a video or pictures up soon.

 

thanks for any help.

 

Check out these videos, will help the path be less across the ball.

 

 

post #6 of 8

For what its worth, the way I cured my driver slice was to leave it in the bag. I finally took the advice I read somewhere that a beginner should never use a club with a loft lower than his handicap!

 

Seriously though, my enjoyment of the game grew in leaps and bounds when I finally came to terms with the fact that I am not a scratch golfer, and so I should stop trying to play the course like one. I had no business expecting to hit the green of a 400 yard par 4 in 2 shots. That is what a scratch golfer should expect to do. Not a relative beginner.

 

So I binned the driver and 3 wood, and started following the the common strategy of allowing myself an extra stroke to reach that green. Now I no longer feel that I  need a 250 yard miracle drive, followed by a 150 yard pin-point 5-iron. Three easy 8 irons will do the trick.

 

Suddenly I was enjoying my golf much more. I stopped trying to hit the ball too hard. My swing became much more reliable. A year later I added a hybrid, and a year later a 3 wood. I now score in the low 80's on my home course, and break 90 just about every time I play "away." I hardly ever lose a ball, and hardly ever hold anyone up while I search for my ball.

 

I only started playing in my late 40's. You have a 20 year head start, and you already hit your irons decently! Forget about distance (for now), build a reliable iron swing, and you will enjoy the game much more.

post #7 of 8
Get the "hammer driver" heard it works. And u can always talk to a slice..but can't talk to a hook
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Originally Posted by deekay View Post
 

For what its worth, the way I cured my driver slice was to leave it in the bag. I finally took the advice I read somewhere that a beginner should never use a club with a loft lower than his handicap!

 

Seriously though, my enjoyment of the game grew in leaps and bounds when I finally came to terms with the fact that I am not a scratch golfer, and so I should stop trying to play the course like one. I had no business expecting to hit the green of a 400 yard par 4 in 2 shots. That is what a scratch golfer should expect to do. Not a relative beginner.

 

So I binned the driver and 3 wood, and started following the the common strategy of allowing myself an extra stroke to reach that green. Now I no longer feel that I  need a 250 yard miracle drive, followed by a 150 yard pin-point 5-iron. Three easy 8 irons will do the trick.

 

Suddenly I was enjoying my golf much more. I stopped trying to hit the ball too hard. My swing became much more reliable. A year later I added a hybrid, and a year later a 3 wood. I now score in the low 80's on my home course, and break 90 just about every time I play "away." I hardly ever lose a ball, and hardly ever hold anyone up while I search for my ball.

 

I only started playing in my late 40's. You have a 20 year head start, and you already hit your irons decently! Forget about distance (for now), build a reliable iron swing, and you will enjoy the game much more.

thanks for the advice! at this point, im not worried about hitting it 400 yards. id be happy with a 250 yard STRAIGHT drive and land in the middle of the fairway haha

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