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  1. Play Fade or Fix Path?

    Yes, definitely.
  2. Just joined up and this is my first post. Sorry it's a bit long but I think it'll be interesting. I've just come back this season after taking a good 6 years or so off. When I stopped I was a mid to low 90's golfer and am back to that same level right now. Took a bunch of lessons earlier in the season and got my fundamentals back in order and also worked hard on two problems the pro saw in my swing - early release and a bit of an OTT path. I have gotten to the point where I have become a really consistent ball striker (no more flipping) and after reading LSW I have spent the last few weeks trying to control the curve of my shots. I was typically hitting draws with the occasional hook or push but doing so without really trying to do it intentionally. I've tried to shape pretty much every shot the last few rounds and at the range (except wedges) to see which ball flight suits me best. I've also tried to study ball flight laws to diagnose what's happening on each swing. I've been slicing with the driver and sometimes my other clubs as well ever since I started trying to shape shots. Played a round 2 days ago and the slice was still there mainly with the driver. Starts out at the target and trails off to the right. Although I was able to keep my irons and hybrids straight, the impact just didn't feel as solid as usual. To try and get through the round, I began gripping the club with the face slightly closed and aiming to the right until the face was square with my target and lo and behold, I began to hit some great shots with my irons and hybrids. Dead straight and sometimes a nice draw. But the driver except for two holes which I managed to bomb it straight down the fairway continued to slice into the right rough or trees. Just could not feel like the face was turning over. I diagnosed it as not making a full shoulder turn which was partly true as it was really cold out and as a result my swing got short and jerky. In my practice sessions I could not control that draw. I could draw it, but could never get it to start right and come back to the target. I was always 10-15-20 yards right or left of my intended target. Had more success with the fade but even that would eventually turn into a slice after a while. Went to the range yesterday and hit some balls the way I did on the course (closed stance and closed clubface) and continued to hit all the clubs great. Dead straight, great distance with the very occasional pull or pull hook. Then I get to the driver... Hit it a LOT better with the improved shoulder turn but every 2-3 shots that darn slice crept in. Still in all was pretty happy but couldn't stop thinking about where that darn slice came from. So back to the ball flight laws...seems that a shot that starts out at the target then moves right comes from a face that is square to the target but a path that is out to in. It then dawned on me that I have a problem with my path with all my clubs. By closing the face and aiming right I was compensating for my OTT swing and essentially have a fade/slice swing but setting up to draw it as a compensation. And as usual, you can get away with it until you get to the big stick. My question is, do I just learn to play this way or do I fix the path? The reason I ask is this is a scenario that plays out over and over again in my game. I can fix the path and it will last for some time and I will eventually start to hook the ball and push it; alter my path to be more out to in so I can swing left of the target and begin slicing, rinse and repeat. I feel like I'm at a crossroads with my swing. Play with the flaw or try and fix it for good? I'm never going to turn pro and I don't keep a handicap. Just trying to shoot lower scores. I'm your high handicapper who hits the ball much better than his scores indicate. Distance is not an issue for me. My iron distance is comparable to the pros and I can drive it 275-290 when I'm hitting it well. I'm pretty sure I can learn to control the slice with the driver and aim down the left side and not lose too much distance. I wish I can get some video up but I just can't right now but I think I have a more natural steep swing that is more fit for a fade swing. I was fit for clubs this past summer and the fitter put me in S-Grind Vokey wedges because he said my angle of attack is pretty steep. I typically hit my irons really well and struggle with my woods from time to time. That said, if fixing the path is the right thing to do then that is what I'll work on. For me it's mostly about my right shoulder working out instead of down when I start the downswing. Thanks for reading and looking forward to the advice.

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