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  1. Let's hear your thoughts on it. My view Fade all day Long. Even though I played draw off the tee and approach into the green my whole life never really was able to depend on it. I recently started playing fades and only fades regardless of the situation, gained about 5-7 shots per round. Loss of Distance: 10-12 YDS with my driver, maybe 5ish YDS with irons. but what I gained in accuracy far outweighs the loss of distance IMHO
  2. PLEASE Help! Can anyone recommend a or some good drills that will help me learn to close my club face. About 60% of my swings are either a straight or push type slice. My club plane and hand plane are good. My back swing angle is good. My tempo is good. I set up to the ball and get aligned well. My grip is above par. I just can't seem to bring my club face into square at impact. I previously thought that I was simply going in to out on my down swing. By all video accounts that was the case. So, I worked on it. I placed a water bottle about 12" in front of and slightly outside my right toes. That got my club plane on track. My hand plane has always been consistent.... PLEASE help!!!!
  3. My shoulder isn't 100% and it's going to rain, but f*** it I'm going golfing tomorrow.

  4. Pats10

    My Swing (Pats10)

    I've been Playing Golf for: 4.5years My current handicap index or average score is: 5.8 My typical ball flight is: fade/slice The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: fade/slice. i know my swing has a very flat takeaway, however it has never served as much of an issue. I used to be able to have a nice draw or fade on the ball at command, however now all my swings come way from the outside, and I have no shot at hitting a draw, only hooks. Ive lost a ton of distance, no matter what I do I cant seem to get the feeling of hitting the ball from the inside anymore. Not that I necessarily want to get rid of the fade, I just know that I can strike the ball much better by attacking from the inside. Videos: video 1 swing starts at 14 sec, video 2 starts at 21 sec. thanks for the help
  5. BradK

    My Swing (BradK)

    Hi everyone new here to this site got here looking for the perfect swing and have thought about the graves revolution all the people selling info and ran across a debate on here from another member that looked like he didn’t really want to hear what some of you guys had to say. Well I’m opposite and would rather get some tips and info instead of paying for videos that say to swing this way or this way etc. I played many years ago but faded away from it. Recently picked back up and I have a severe slice or one hell of a draw lol. No matter what I do I still slice I have worked on closing face and although it might help once but the next 15 are pulls to the left. I have noticed that on some videos I have that the club face is square to the ball or target at impact and it seems to start straight but will end up pretty far right. Anyway that is what I’m looking to get better at any info would be appreciated. Thank You Brad Videos:
  6. keysus

    My Swing (Keysus)

    I hit a big slice with my driver. I cannot figure out if it is because of one of the following or something I do not know about: - Swinging over the top - Swinging with my arms instead of my body - Club face, very offline with hands halfway through backswing - Something else Please let me know what you think. I've been Playing Golf for: 4 years My current handicap index or average score is: 90s My typical ball flight is: 260 The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: slice
  7. Rough Wanderer

    The plagues of inconsistency

    Hi everyone. Brand new to the Sand Trap, but have been golfing steadily since 2013 (at least once per week). I have a serious problem with consistency and keeping the ball on the fairway in general. Beginning to get worried I may just not ever be a good player. I average in the mid-90s, and very rarely hit the upper 80's, but still struggle with keeping my scores under 100 from time to time. Lack of consistency has lead to me feeling insecure who I golf with. I know that my partners won't say anything, but I think they are judging me on the inside. While some of my friends who have been playing for the same amount of time are seeing their handicaps lowered to the mid teens, mine has remain unchanged for the better part of 3 years. It stands at a whopping 21! Generally its the drive that causes the most problems. A tee shot that slices 10, 20, or even more yards right lands in the deep stuff (or OB) and sets the tempo for the remainder of the hole. Next thing i know i am hitting an iron fat or shanking over to the other side of the fairway in attempt to correct myself. As a result, I often find my self struggling to a bogey or worse. Its not uncommon for me to have 5 or 6 double and triple bogeys a game. What's sad is that I have about 6-8 holes where things are going good (hitting deep drives down the middle, landing a GIR , 2-putts or less, scrambling for Par, etc.), the constant theme though is sloppy golf and not playing up to my potential. People have told me its practice: Not taking as many opportunities as I should to hit a few buckets or practice my short game. I can't say that's not entirely true, but I don't think that's the whole piece to the puzzle. Something just feels terribly off. For example I played several weeks ago with a relatively new player (maybe a year tops worth of experience). We both had a horrible front nine on a local course, but he finished the back nine 5 strokes lower than me. Plus, I lost about 8 golf balls and he hadn't even gone through a sleeve. If I can't blow away someone new to golf (no offense newbies), its a pretty big kick in the stomach to my confidence. My question is, is there a bigger force at play? Do some people just take longer to progress at the sport? Is it uncommon to have a handicap this high after 4 years and what should I do to correct it? Someone once told me it takes the average golfer about 5 years of steady play to develop consistency. I surely hope that's true. I am finding it harder to want to go out and play the sport I love the most. If anyone out there can share similar experiences it would be most helpful. Driver and woods: TMD Rocketballz Stage 2, Hybrid: Adams Idea A12OS, Irons: TMD Rocketbladez, Wedges: TMD ATV. Putter: Cleveland HB-1 Ball: Prefer Bridgestone E-6 Soft, but overall doesn't seem to matter much, if it flies, its lost.
  8. lostmyballs

    How did you fix your slice?

    I've heard it said that 90% of all golfers struggle with a slice at some point in their golfing careers. My question is, when that time came for you, how did you deal with it? What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself when that slice first surfaced?
  9. Why can't I take a full swing on the driver without slicing? If I take a lot slower swing it goes straight(about 250 yards) but when I swing faster it slices.The harder I swing the more it slices.I feel i'm leaving some distance by slowing the swing and would like to be free to take a full back swing and accellerate as fast as possible through the swing, what do I need to do? I don't think my swing angle or mechanics changer when I swing hard,it just slices more.
  10. New to the forums and any advice would be greatly appreciated! I'm about a 15 handicapper and I've always struggled with slicing my driver. My irons go pretty straight and I can even manage a draw sometimes, but my driver is almost always a slice. At one point, I managed to make it into a nice power fade with good distance, but these days, it's a slice and I lose tons of distance. I know my problem is coming over the top and not rotating my arms enough to square the face, but I've never been able to get rid of it. Recently, I've had a little success with trying to keep my back towards the target as long as possible and this seems to help with allowing my arms to fall into the pocket. Another thing I've been experimenting with is a full backswing so that at the top, my club is parallel to the ground. I typically always had a short backswing stopping at about 10 oclock. With the full backswing, I notice great adds to my distance and better ball flight. Do you think that if I start practicing on the full backswing, I'll have more time to rotate my hands and get the clubface square with my driver? For my irons, should I also do this full backswing, or is a shorter backswing better? I've noticed that most pros do not do a full backswing on most iron shots. Also, any other advice on helping me create an inside out swing and getting rid of this dreaded slice would be greatly appreciated!
  11. Steven001

    My Swing (Steven001)

    I've been Playing Golf for: On and off for about 9 years. I haven't played consistently for about 5 years and not at all for the last two. I've got the bug again and I've played 4 rounds in the last month. My current handicap index or average score is: I would estimate around 20 My typical ball flight is: To the right/occasional pull The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Slice! With the occasional pull to the left. I think I struggle to "release" the club properly prior to impact and come slightly over the top. I can also see that my right elbow is fairly bent which I'm guessing is causing my club face to be open at impact? I'm hoping someone will be able to give me some tips or advice on how to correct my bad habit! Videos:
  12. Russellchr1

    My Swing (Russellchr1)

    Hey guys and Gals, Just wanting to see if I could get some feedback on my swing and hopefully get some takeaways on drills to fix the issues you see. I have recently started playing and love the game. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I've been Playing Golf for: 2 months My current average score is: 95 My typical ball flight is: Left to RIght The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Hard Slice and Hard Hook. Videos:
  13. Ramnation

    My Swing (Ramnation)

    6'5" 230, two torn shoulders, and in the woods Jk, but really. First post here, but not new to a forum community. Quick back ground. Played baseball til I was 24, have a slap tear in both my labrums from it, and need some help with swing path due to range of motion. My lead (left) shoulder has a tendency to click when my backswing is on the ideal path, so my natural path gets reallyyy shallow to subconsciously avoid that pain. I shoot anywhere from a 74-85 and the driver is all 11 of those strokes.Thanks a bunch in advance. Been a long time reader -- look forward to contributing where I can.
  14. Mikejanish

    My Swing (mikejanish)

    Brand new to the site!! I plan on being on here and contributing alot! It seems awesome. I figured I would start with so I can see the progress as my year goes on. My slice typically starts at target and slices off to left.. HARD (I'm LH) I just dont know what im missing.... slice my driver every every every time. Other clubs its usually a "fade" but im sure its just a lesser slice Thanks in advance I've been Playing Golf for: 12 years on and off.. this year lots of volume My current handicap index or average score is: 14.5 My typical ball flight is: high fade The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: slice Videos:
  15. A couple weeks ago, I was playing to my personal best ball-striking ability. These were the first few rounds of my season, and my short game was way out of whack and I still ended up shooting 88,89, etc. Since then, my short game has magically appeared and saved me multiple times, but my iron play has became very inconsistent and my tee game with driver/wood/hybrid has been absolutely horrible. I went from hitting 10/14 fairways 2 weeks ago, to hitting just 2/14 fairways yesterday at the same course. And one of those came with a 4 iron. I have been hitting huge slices instead of my normal slight fade. I shot 47-49-96 at the same course that I went 45-44-89 with 5 3-putts at just 2 weeks ago. I feel like I am hitting the ball in the center of the clubface with the face relatively square, so I must be coming over the top. I was looking in the mirror at my set up, and noticed when I have driver/3w/3h off the tee, my shoulders are considerably open to the target. I'm a righty, and my left shoulder has to be pointing between 15-25 degrees left of target. I haven't been able to work on it yet, but I'm assuming this is the most likely cause of my slicing issues. I was wondering more about the effects of shoulder alignment... Should my shoulders be square to the target at address? What about at impact? And what are the effects of improper alignment? Thanks in advance to all responses.
  16. Pab4141

    My Swing (Pab4141)

    I've been Playing Golf for: 1 year My current handicap index or average score is: average score is 87 My typical ball flight is: right to left The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: slice/push with longer clubs especially driver and 3 wood Any help would be very much appreciated! Videos: [Delete this, Embed Videos Here]
  17. Since i started playing golf my shot shape has always been left to right, at first it was a major slice but gradually straightened it out a bit. However no matter what i do i cant stop coming OTT, takeaway is good and position at the top of the backswing is good but as soon as i start the downswing i come over the top everytime. A straight drive for me is still about a 10yard fade but a bad one can be a massive slice, when i do try to swing inside out on the ball it hits the hosel and goes about 20yards to the left. What can i do to correct this?
  18. Hey guys, I am 24 and have been playing golf for the greater part of 8 years. I have made a choice to play a round at least 3-4 times a month and have been going strong for 5 months now. I made a big purchase 4 months ago, buying a set of irons ranging from 4 iron-Gap Wedge. The model is Taylor Made Burner 1.0. The irons are working out great for my swing and can hit every green on Par 3 holes. I have complete confidence in these irons off the tee, but from the fairway is a different story. With the purchase of the TM irons, I bought the TM Burner 1.0 9.5 degree Driver, along with the 17 degree Burner 5 wood. Now my driver is inconsistent to say the best. I can hit a 300 yard drive straight one hole, and then a 225 yard slice the next. This is really affecting my confidence in my game because I am not showing improvement in my score. I range from low 90's all the way to mid 100's on tough scores. My question to ALL is : Why am I slicing my driver and hitting my irons straight? I know that it is a different swing in the sense of ending with your weight on the right knee(RH) rather than ending with weight on left knee with your irons. My stance : The ball is up in my stance with my left leg perpendicular to the ball. Ball that I am currently using : Titleist 2 core DT Solo. Thinking about trying out the Titleist NXT. Please help me with this question so golf can be fun for me again. All opinions/tips are welcomed and i will gladly respond with appreciation. Thanks,
  19. Was wondering about some good driving range drills. Long bio... Had to quit golf for about 4 years due to chronic golf/tennis elbow and lower back problems, and also a new baby. I'm only 32... Getting back into it and Have played 2 rounds and maybe 6 range sessions in the past 4 months. I know video helps but figured I would follow the rules and try to get involved in the forums first. I'm Having a push-slice with the occasional snap hook problem. If I swing 5 times it's literally, a perfect straight-draw, slight push, Big Push-slice, push, and a "WHO HIT THAT" snap hook. Always had this problem, but when I played alot my timing was usually perfect, so it was playable, can't play that often anymore and this left/right dispersion is a nightmare. It's unplayable. Im hitting both sides of the driving range net!!! I am a longer hitter with a "smash the ball" mindset with limited feel. I can hit half swings or narrow stance swings all day and they are straight, but a real full swing is a mess. I read the 5 keys and understand them. My old swing had an exaggerated "Ben hogan" lower body move and I am trying to limit that. I also stay on my back foot at times with longer clubs. My previous "swing thought" was "slide the hips" but it was over exaggerated so im trying find a new "thought", Which has made me overthink things. I guess I am asking for some good "sequencing drills" Or mental habits on the range. the narrow stance and right foot back drills help, but it seems my problems are more "hands" with an inconsistent release. (Chicken or the egg?) Like I said I just "smash the ball" so it's difficult to translate the"feels" of a a drill to the swing. Reading online it says too much hip slide, or too much hip spin, so it is confusing. Tried "dropping the hands" to get in sequence and that helped. Also worked on spine tilt but I just hit it fat when I do. I'm also a Tom Watson "picker/sweeper" with no divots, but still get back spin so never worried about it. Any tips?
  20. Hi There! I guess this has been asked on numerous occasions but I'd like to ask what are the best drills for getting rid of an over the top swing, I attack from the outside and want to swing more from the inside. Also, what are the best training aids for this problem? Is the inside approach worthwhile-or will a box/piece of wood do the trick? Are there any good instruction web sites articles on this swing fault? what has worked for you guys? My divots point well left. I hit the occasional shank and sometimes a pull hook, or a push slice. My quality of strike depends so much on timing. Im much worse hitting off the fairway than off a tee, driving off a tee seems to help me swing through from the inside. Basically if I came from the inside path I would be so much more consistent-but it's a very hard thing to master, since from childhood I learned to HIT down across the ball so I would get more height and distance. Help would really be appreciated! Cocky
  21. I have been struggling with an over the top swing since i started golfing last year. I had been to a few instructors but the last one i saw really helped me understand it. He put my swing on video and walked me through what i was doing wrong and how to fix it (i think it helped more because i am a very visual person). I know changing a swing plane is one of the toughest things to do in golf but this is definitely frustrating. I feel like i am more comfortable with my wedges up till my 6 iron with this new swing....but when it comes to the hybrids and woods i feel like i fall inbetween my new swing and old swing and the results are just terrible. Has anyone gone through this swing change and suffered from the same issue? (that being the longer clubs being the hardest to swing from the inside?) Did anything help you get past this?
  22. This doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Before a few days ago I was extremely confident in my 8 9 and PW. I would hit my best shots with those clubs. Now... I have an EXTREME slice (apparently a push slice). Occasionally I will hit a nice ball but equally as much I will hit a slice that literally goes a few feet forward then crazy right... Don't know what I'm doing and it is extremely frustrating... I broke 100 for the first time this passed week and I know without these clubs I'll have no chance of getting to my goal of consistently sub-100.
  23. I'm fed up with this slice off the tee with my driver! I think I know why I'm doing it. When I swing my shoulders get ahead of my arms and hands (instead of coming together as a triangle/unit at impact), which is bringing my club path across the ball from the outside to the inside. The ball starts out straight along my target line (implying I suppose that the club face is "square" at impact) and then veers off to the right. I've had them go 100 yds down range and go 150 yds off to the right, so you know I'm putting some hellacious clockwise side spin on the ball! I've tried all sorts of things to fix this, but the most success I seem to have is in focusing on firing through on my right side at impact. The old "shake hands with the target" adage. When I get that right the ball will go straight, but what usually happens with this is that I end up playing a fade off the tee: starting the ball down the left side of the fairway and fade it back into the center or right side of the fairway. I can play this way, but obviously I run into problems on holes that aren't set up for playing a fade. I only have this problem with my driver. All my irons go straight. The longest iron I have in my bag is my 4, and it's a club I like (a pure shot goes 200 yds easy). I have also learned to like my hybid (a 19 degree 3). I can easily play a draw or fade with my irons, or hit it straight. The main swing flaw with my irons will be with the club face at impact and that only results in the ball being off line to the target left or right. That's the wierd thing. Why can I hit my irons all day long with nary a slice, but pull out my driver and the ball ends up in the next county to the right?!? The only thing I can figure is that when I swing with my irons the club path is very upright, almost on a vertical plane. My driver though is on a flatter swing plane. Trying to swing my driver more like my irons generally has me taking a divot, and even then I can still produce a slice. I struggled with my hybrid until I realized that it needed a more upright iron swing, and now I can smoke my hybrid 220 yds. So I wonder if a more iron like approach with my driver is the way to go?
  24. Hi guys, This is my first season of seriously spending time playing golf. Started out the season a horrible mess with most clubs. I am now to the point where I can hit my driver with consistency (although I still have a fade/small slice I can't seem to eliminate). I'm hitting my irons solid and the longer irons have a bit of fade. I am hitting fairway woods with very solid contact but with a bit of slice as well. My real problem is my 3 hybrid - I bought it because everybody says it was the best thing since sliced bread. I can't hit it for poo. In the beginning I was constantly topping the ball - now I am getting solid contact but I am hitting it right off the face almost every time. The odd time that I do not push it, it starts off straight but slices badly to the right. I can't seem to hit it straight. The hybrid is a TaylorMade RBZ STage 2 17 degree with stock Rocketfuel Stiff shaft. I am trying to hit it like an iron (taking a small divot, etc.). Based on the laws of ball flight, I am hitting it with the clubface open - why only this club? I am planning on taking winter lessons on a golf simulator but still have some time to hit the range before the snow flies here... EDIT : I know I do have an outside in swing and am working on correcting that. I have started placing my right foot back a few inches away from the target line. It has helped reducing the severity of my slice big time - but still not straight...
  25. Hi guys - amateur golfer here in Eastern Canada. I have been playing and practicing a lot this summer and am doing fine except for my driver... I had a cheap Dunlop driver when I started golfing and don't recall ever having a slice in my drives, though I didn't play much. This year I bought an Adams 9064LS with DFS off of eBay as a demo... was in perfect shape, no use on it. All year I've been struggling with the meanest slice you can imagine. I thought something in my swing had changed and kept working on my drills. I tried everything : strengthening my grip, addressing with the club face closed, working on an inside out swing, etc. Nothing worked... ridiculous slices with maybe 2 out of 5 drives being playable. Twice this year I've gone to Golftown (our version of Golfsmith in Canada) and drove some balls on their simulators. Both times I was hitting nice, straight drives. Today I spent the afternoon outside hitting nothing but slices with my Adams and tonight on the simulator hitting a Nike Covert and Ping G25 I was hitting straight or slight draws. Shot 53 drives and not a single one was more than 5 yards right of center line... Is it possible there is something wrong with my driver? I always use stiff shafts and the simulator was telling me that I'm either swinging straight or slight inside out... usually club face was slightly closed or square... nothing to indicate a slice... I know the answer is to try another driver on the range or course, but I can't make it out to either for another 2 weeks so I'm anxious to see if it's even possible my driver is the culprit...

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