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Question on Pre-Swing Fundamentals:

Having trouble releasing my club with the driver and tend to slice. Can you help?
--Jerry S. from Lincoln, NE

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

A slice as you know is caused by an outside/in swing path through impact with an open face. It sounds like you know that you don't release the club and therefor leave the clubface open at impact. If we start by getting you to square the face, that should help cut down the slice a lot. The next step after that would be to make sure that you are swinging on an inside/out path through impact.

The first thing to investigate would be your grip. This article here will help explain a proper grip position:

Grip: Get A Hold On Your Game:

The important thing to note if you are a slicer is that you want to have a slightly strong grip to help roll the face closed through impact. For a right handed golfer this means that the Vs that you form between your thumb and index finger of each hand should point somewhere between your ear and your right shoulder. This puts your forearms in a position where they have a lot of room to roll over through the strike.

After you establish a stronger grip, please make sure that your forearms are light and tension free. If they are tight, you will tend to hold on and block your release. If your arms are relaxed they will naturally react to your pivot and the centrifugal force you create and release.

Give these things a try and let me know if the slice goes away. If not, we can explore your set up and swing plane to see what's making the ball spin right.



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