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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. 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
  4. 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:
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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:
  9. 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:
  10. 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.
  11. 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:
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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,
  15. 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?
  16. so my natural flight path is fade/slice but I have some problems controlling the fade and it becomes a slice. Anyone know the reason why this happens and how to prevent the slice without making it a draw? Also what do you do when there are trees blocking your fade path or trouble on the right? everyone says having a fade takes out the left side of the course but what is your thoughts when trouble right or can't aim left?
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. Hey everyone, I've been working on my swing for a while now and Im finally starting to make some good contact with my irons. I have some trouble with my five iron and 3-4 hybrids hitting cleanly, but they generally go straight or don't hook/slice too badly. However, my driver is a different story. 9 times out of 10 when I hit my driver the ball viciously slices at almost a horizontal angle (comes off the tee straight, then does like a 90 degree turn right). This causes mayhem when I go to the course because I have "this one will be the good shot" syndrome and end up putting balls in the forest or like 3 holes over and end up taking drops that kill my score. Lately I've just been keeping my driver in the bag, but I hate to feel like I'm giving up on it and I know that I have the potential to hit it far and straight, it's just killing my score lately. I'm right handed and am using a 10.5 degree callaway big bertha. I've tried different tee heights but It seems like even "tee it high and let it fly" doesn't help me. Do you guys have any tips, advice, or videos for things I can try at the range in order to fix this problem? I feel like my score could improve dramatically if I can just finally get some distance off the tee and hit more fairways. Thanks!
  20. Is there a difference? I have been hitting tee shots to the right, but hitting them pretty long (for me) and straight. I managed to fix this today by dumb luck, it turned out that it was in the address. I wasn't lining up my feet properly to the ball, or hanging my arms right. I got a new Titleist adjustable driver for Father's Day, and went to the driving range to try to dial it in and decided to hit it unadjusted for a while, even though I was itching to add draw. Sure enough it was right, right, right. I was hitting off of the grass. Then I noticed one of the mats was marked with a center cross and a circle through the tee and tried different addresses of the ball. Once I got myself to line up with my left foot pointing directly at the ball, and my arms hanging straight down with the club resting at the impact position, and a proper strong grip, it was straight and long for the last ten balls, I knew it was going straight before I hit it, which is something new to me. Now the Titleist hits a good twenty yards or more longer than the Top Flight XL. Hit after hit were longer than my best shot with the XL. I still might play with the loft, but not for a while. - new to golf
  21. I've been playing golf for 2 years now and when I'm at the driving range I hit either straight or draw shots with my driver, I very rarely hit any slices no matter how hard I hit the ball. Whenever I play a round at the course I very rarely hit a draw or straight shot with the driver, it's usually a big fade or a slice. I've tried to slow down my swing speed, I make sure my alignment is still the same but it doesn't seem to help. Any ideas on what the problem is and how to fix it?
  22. Most know (or have been told) that to hit a fade you set up open stance, club face square or slightly open to the target line and swing across the target line along your stance line creating side spin to the right i.e. controlled slice or fade. In this months issue of Gold Digest, David Ledbetter suggests something a little different than what we have been told in the past being "closed set up to correct slice". Ledbetter recommends an open stance, but keep your shoulders and club face square to the target and swing along the target line (or out to the right a little) and this will cure your slice and perhaps result in a little draw because you are no longer cutting across the ball. I can see the logic in this, but it also seems to me that your right hip would be restricting your turn. I have not tried it yet, but am wondering if I am missing something? actually, I probably should not worry about it as I don't usually have a problem with slicing. I just thought it a little odd.
  23. Well I have the disease... Cast out over the top slice divot and nice looking fade.. It's not a 30 yard slice or anything.. Driver around 15 yards on a bad swing.. Few yards on short irons if I don't hit it well. An maybe 5-10 with long irons.. My handicap is a now a 8 and I manage my way around the course with my little slice.. I just would like to see consistency with the driver... More like a 5-10 yard fade. Any thoughts on fixing the over the top motion?
  24. HI, been playing a coule years, got h.cap down to 15, but lately have been shooting pretty low rounds (73-81), but each round there will be a shocking hole usually caused by a poor tee shot. Particularly with 3wood and the driver (titleist 910 F 15 3wood, Titleist 909D3 9.5 Driver), but am hitting everything else really solid. I either top the ball, or hit huge slices with the 3 wood (NO DRAW WHAT SO EVER) and either hit big slices or nice straight fades with driver (again zero draw) BUT am hitting all irons with a nice draw!?!?!!?!?!? I think im coming a bit too steep, and have managed to sort out my slice with the irons, just with woods its the same old story. HELP, are there any drills anyone knows of to keep me from swaying slightly in the backswing, and to get me hitting a straighter off the tee?? and stopping my backswing becoming too steep at the top!? THANKS
  25. Hey guys, So from about the time I started playing regularly until about 18 months ago, I was captain slice. I came over the top and just striped that ball three fairway over almost effortlessly. It happened with driver through about 7 iron on every shot. Needless to say, I hated golf and almost quit. I worked for a few years at my local club and luckily got a few free lessons with the club pro. I knew I have some decent ability and passion for the game, so I refused to quit. After a few lessons, the club pro got my slice slowly vanishing. Also with a purchase of new irons that are actually a reputable brand, but more importantly, the proper size, my slice was gone in a matter of about 3 months. My club pro basically completely forced me to change my swing. He explained my slice was so bad, he didnt want to try and just correct it; he wanted to teach me how to hit a draw. I'm not a big guy so he felt teaching me a draw, would lead to not only more control, but for me to get some more distance out of game. He also knew another issue with my swing was, I have an extremely low flight plain. So in about 3 months my swing went from slice to draw. Consistent draw with every club, except driver. Driver still has always been a mind **** for me. But I practiced and practiced until I thought I was gonna start sleeping at the range, and finally, I was hitting straight, almost slightly drawed drives. So everything was great. But for some reason that greatness didnt last. For the last half of last season to currently, my shots are not approx 50% straight, perfect (for me) shots, 50% god awful, putrid, violent, vomit induced, snap hooks. From driver to about 7 iron, I am snap hooking it about 50 yds 50% of my shots with those clubs. Wtf? I know that was a long rambling, but somebody please help. I no longer work at that club so going back to the club pro is out of the question. I dont exactly have the means for another coach. And please dont just say "try google". I know there are plenty of guys on here with a lot more knowledge and ability than me. I have tried hitting buckets with different grips because I thought that was the issue at one point. I have tried alignment rods; dont think thats its. I dont know.
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