October 31, 2014

Hit The Golf Ball Straight: You Must Have A Square Club Face

hit the golf ball straightIn order to hit the golf ball straight your down swing must deliver a square club face to your ball at impact. Moreover, to hit the golf ball straight the path of your club face must match your shoulder line at impact.

Assuming your shoulders are aligned parallel with your target line at the completion of your set up routine, your elbow and shoulder lines must match your target line in order to hit straight golf shots directly to your target.

However, most golfers do not have a square alignment and an on line swing path of their club face when they deliver the face of their club to the ball at impact.

Unfortunately, all too many golfers deliver an open club face to their ball at impact on an out-to-in swing path and produce a slice.

Hank Haney and other well known instructors’  golf method  to fix a slice is to manipulate the club during the golf swing in some way to square the face  of the club to the ball at impact. The necessity of having to manipulate the club in some weird way during the golf swing to cure a slice only goes to demonstrate the club face must not have been aligned squarely with the ball at the beginning of the golf swing.

Haney and other celebrity-type instructors also contend a slice can be prevented by assuming a stronger grip of the club.

Here is a portion of an article on the this proposition by Hank Haney:

“SET YOUR HANDS SO THEY CAN RELEASE

Two grip mistakes make a slice almost inevitable. Many players use a grip that’s too weak–with the thumbs pointing straight down the handle. Make your grip stronger (right), so your hands are turned away from the target and your palms are parallel with each other. If you drew lines up from the base of your thumbs, they should hit the point of your collar on the right side of your shirt. Also, gripping too tight keeps the hands from releasing through impact. Take a soft grip.”Read More http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-instruction/2012-03/fix-your-slice-hank-haney#ixzz1o44UhGp4.

I have all the respect in the world for Hank Haney and others in the instructional community but a stronger grip in and of itself will not cure a slice.

I prove it in such books as How Golf Works.

What Hank Haney and other instructors do not know is the instant you grip a golf club with an overlapping, interlocking or baseball style of grip  the face of your club will rotate to an open alignment and the path of your club face will rotate to an out-to-in path across your shoulders to create a slice alignment.

This phenomenon occurs irrespective of how weak or strongly you grip your club.

Thus, Hank Haney’s golf method to fix a slice by assuming a stronger grip does not eliminate a slice.

It may cause a golfer to swing more to the outside of the shoulder line during his or her golf swing and, by doing so, prevent a slice. However, the stronger grip alone would not enable the club face to contact the ball squarely at impact.

The only sure way to eliminate a slice is to lock-in a straight ball flight alignment during the set up routine.

There are more than 100 techniques to lock-in a straight golf ball alignment available in books, DVDs and Special Reports at http://lockedingolf.com/.  One of the books available on this website is How To Hit A Golf Ball As Straight-As-An-Arrow. 

Once you lock-in a straight ball flight alignment by using one of the techniques available at this website, you must complete your setup routine in the following manner.

Identify your target line, assume a comfortable posture and stance to your ball, center the sweet spot of your club face as near as possible to the back of your ball and align your shoulders parallel with your target line.

Then keep your feet planted, maintain a steady head and execute a simple golf swing in which there is no intentional or inadvertent manipulation of your club in any way.

You will then deliver a square club face to your ball at impact on a swing path that matches your target line and hit the golf ball straight directly in line with your target, discounting wind conditions and elevation differentials between your stance and ball

You then will fix your slice.

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