Why try­ing to steer it al­ways means a slice

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Tom Stick­ney

If you’re try­ing to steer the ball, it’s headed right.

It just ain’t fair. The big­ger the trou­ble down the right side, the bet­ter the chances the poor slicer’s go­ing deadsville into the junk. Why is that? Bad luck? No. A men­tal block? Hell no. Irony? (I don’t re­ally know what that means.) It’s sim­ple. When you try to guide the ball straight, which feels cor­rect to said slicer, it guar­an­tees a miss to the right. Rea­son is, that guid­ing ac­tion tenses up the arms, which pre­vents the club­face from squar­ing. So what feels square is ac­tu­ally open, and the ball goes right to right. (I think that might be irony.)

Any­way, the way to not hit it right is to re­lax your arms. Shake out that ten­sion. You have to feel like the club re­leases past you, so the club­head swings out to the right while the face is turn­ing to the left. Do that, and you might... wait for it... hit a draw.

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