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I slice the ball a lot. My swing speed is around 105mph. What can I do different?
--Andrew H. from Mulvane, KS

Hi Andrew. Thanks for writing I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

It sounds like you are probably losing a considerable amount of distance with a slice, let alone the lack of control. A true slice starts to the left of your target and curves back to the right. The cause of this is an outside/in swing path through impact coupled with an open clubface.

Start by checking out this article to make sure that your grip is not the cause of an open clubface:
Grip: Get A Hold On Your Game:

When you hold the club you form a V shape between the index finger and thumb of both hands. It's important to make sure that both Vs point somewhere between your right ear and your right shoulder if you are a slicer. A stronger grip is better for you at this point.

Once your hands are in a good position make sure to allow your arms to be tension free through impact so your right arm will release and roll over your left arm helping to square the face.

Now that we have taken care of the open face let's look at how we can get your swing path more inside/out. The first thing to check is your set up. Make sure that you are aligning square to your target line and not aiming left to offsite the slice which in turn will only exacerbate it. After you are aligned square set your right shoulder a bit behind your left shoulder and lower. Getting this shoulder out of the way will give you a better chance of getting the club path started back on an arc.

To make sure you are coming down to the inside I'm going to grant you 2 free drills:

Swing Plane Poles Drill:
Swing Plane Poles Drill

Dropping Drill :
Dropping Drill

Give these a try for a couple weeks and you should soon be attacking the ball from the inside.

I hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.


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