DOMINATE YOUR DRIVER
The slice is easily one of the most destructive shots in golf, and the problems nearly always start at set-up. Most golfers think they need to angle their shoulders left to hit a draw, when actually they need to do the opposite. They also tend to get left-side dominant, thinking that it will help to release the club more, when actually all they are doing is limiting their shoulder turn and promoting a steep angle of attack. For some reason, most golfers always set up with the ball position too far forward in their stance. This then sets the shoulders open at address, which encourages a slice. The optimum position is in line with the left heel – pop an alignment stick or a club on the ground to make sure. To straighten your ball flight and achieve a centred strike, you need to set up in straight lines – so the feet, hips and shoulders point in the same direction. When hitting a driver, the weight should favour the right side more – 60/40 – and the right shoulder (for right-handers) should tilt down slightly, which gets the club swinging on the up into impact.
If you struggle to get through the golf ball and have some rotational issues in the hip, try flaring your left foot out. If you find there’s a restriction in your backswing as well, flaring the right foot out can also be beneficial.