Why do you slice?
Many golfers slice the golf ball because of one or two key swing concepts that aren’t quite clear. The golf technique employed by many slicers is not far off. It may be one thing for another person, and it could be a slightly different thing for another. The pages on this site will help walk through and explain the different moves that create a slice and create a hook, and what you can do to correct your specific issue.
The proper golf swing is counter-intuitive to most, and that’s why many people slice. And to execute the proper golf swing, you need to understand the physics and the proper mechanics of the golf swing. The cure for your slice rests in the proper understanding. And once you can grasp the “inside-out” golf swing concept, you’re 75% cured. The rest is retraining your golfing muscles. The physics of the golf swing aren’t that complicated.
Many of you have probably heard before about the “inside-out” swing path, or “clearing” your hips or swing plane, among many other commonly used terms that are related to the golf swing. But do you know what they mean? Do you understand the concept behind why they are important? Can you feel what your swing is telling you at impact? These are all very important in order to consistently reduce that ugly slice. I’m going to explain the golf swing and the physics of why it is that will help you understand and make all of your lessons and golf self-help products much more productive. Because golf is a game much more enjoyed when you hit the golf shots you want to hit.
The Art of the Golf Swing
Most of you have seen the movie “Tin Cup” starring Kevin Costner among others. But Roy McAvoy, played by Kevin Costner, is s golf pro at a driving range in west Texas and is giving a golf lesson to Molly Griswold, played by Renee Russo. After Molly stands up to the ball and whiffs a couple times, she asks Roy to show her how to do it. Roy steps up to the ball and hits a solid shot out on the range. And Molly replies that she tends to process things verbally and asks Roy to break down the golf swing into words. This is my goal with this site. I will try and verbally explain the golf swing. So to start out, let’s hear what Roy had to say to get us going.
“You mean, what is the golf swing by Roy McAvoy? Well I tend to think of the golf swing as a poem. The critical opening phrase of this poem will always be the grip, which the hands unite to form a single unit by the simple overlap of the (he points to his right pinky finger laying over the left forefinger, for left handers it would be the opposite) little finger. And lowly and slowly, the club head is led back, pulled into position not by the hands, but by the body, which turns away from the target, shifting weight to the right side without shifting balance. Tempo is everything, perfection unattainable as the body coils now at the top of the swing. There’s a slight hesitation, a little nod to the Gods…..that he is fallible. Perfection is unattainable, and now the weight begins shifting back to the left pulled by the powers inside the earth. It’s alive this swing, a living sculpture. And down through contact, always down….striking the ball crisply with character. The tuning fork goes off in your heart, your balls. Such a pure feeling as the well struck golf shot. And then the follow through to finish…..always on line.”
Roy goes on to talk about Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and their unique follow-throughs, but we’ll get into that later. But explained in Roy’s lesson to Molly is just the start of the golf swing. He touches on all parts of it, but very briefly. We’re going to explore what makes it so and why the different parts are necessary. So please, follow along as I teach you the critical aspects of the golf swing that will undoubtedly help you understand your swing and ultimately subtract strokes from your score.
The golf swing has a number of “stages” with it’s own checklist of things to make sure you’re doing. They all have to work together to form a consistent golf swing. If one stage of the swing falls short, another stage of the golf swing has to make up for and compensate for the other stage’s shortcoming. This compensation that is made during our golf swing can lead to some bad habits that are hard to fix because they’re so engrained in our minds and in our muscles. But understanding your golf swing, and identifying the areas you need to improve on is the first step. Like Roy says, the golf swing is a living sculpture, a symphony if you will, that all must be in tune. Are you in tune? I have filled the following web pages with swing concepts and analogies that I have learned and have helped me over the years. I played high school and college golf, and received coaching throughout. I’ve worked at golf courses and received a few swing lessons myself from teaching pros at these courses. I’ve played casually since, and when I consistently play at least a round a week, I personally shoot in the mid to upper 70s.
I’m no golf professional, and will never be. But I am a student of the game. I’ve sought out the answers to problems. I don’t let swing flaws fester and make adjustments to account for them. Instead I seek out the source of the problem and address the source. I feel that many golfers today just accept their swing flaws and adjust for them. That’s fine for a round or two, but golf is so much more rewarding when you understand the swing, and can pinpoint why the ball does what it does. Cause that’s when you can take the necessary measures to fix it. If you slice (the majority on this site probably do), there’s hope. I hit a big slice when I was first learning the game as an 8th grader and freshman in high school. My high school golf coach gave me some coaching and explained what he saw I was doing wrong, and in my mind at the time, it was the exact opposite of what I thought I should be doing. There it is again, Ben Hogan was right, most of us lack the knowledge of what we SHOULD be doing. And once the golf swing was explained to me and the physics of the golf swing were explained, it made so much more sense.
Not only did it make sense then, but I stopped slicing the ball. And I still remember the swing instruction I received then. Not a round goes by that I don’t think about some of the drills I learned early in high school, and for that coaching and explanation, I am forever grateful. What that did for me at a young impressionable age was ingrain the golf swing fundamentals. And I’ve enjoyed this game since, and will continue to do so. Golf is a great game, and we all know why it’s so popular. It’s so addicting because one single good shot will bring us back the next time because we want to feel that shot again. We’re all human, we all hit bad shots now and again, but the fewer bad shots you hit, and the more good shots you string together in a row really increases the enjoyment level. I want you to be able to enjoy this great game more than you do already. I know it’s possible.
The explanation I give on this website is what I think about during the swing. It’s my interpretation. I haven’t gone to school to be a teaching pro, but I think that what I have to share is in line with most teaching, and golf pros would agree with most all of it. This information has been gathered from all sorts of sources. Like I said, golf coaches, teaching pros, magazines, watching golf and probably most of all, experimentation and practice over the years. I don’t have any products to sell, or any videos of my own to sell that will help you. I’ve tried to explain the golf swing as I’ve learned it, and I hope that that information is helpful to you. I want you to succeed at this game and enjoy it as much as I do. A verbal explanation of the golf swing generally doesn’t do the entire trick. Many concepts are hard to understand if only explained verbally. Most people will process information better when they hear it, and then be able to see it visually as well.
So along with my swing explanation on this site, I recommend some great resources created by PurePoint Golf, taught by teaching pro, Bobby Eldridge. He has some excellent videos that deal with every aspect of the golf swing. Whatever it is that you’re struggling with in your swing, Bobby’s got a tailored video instruction lesson to address every aspect of your swing…and every club in your bag. Not only will he explain it verbally, but through detailed video as well to help drive the concepts home. I encourage you to get your swing “checked out” and diagnosed to help build a training plan to improve your game.
The video investments are well worth the money. How many greens fees have you paid for over the year, only to get through with the round and be upset with the way you swung the club, and worse yet, didn’t know why you swung the club poorly and the shots went where they did? Get some professional swing lessons from Bobby, and reduce those post round feelings by eliminating the nagging swing flaws that you just can’t seem to shake on your own.
Many of us are quick to go drop $500 or $1000 or more on new golf clubs hoping that they will help us play better. Some clubs may help you play marginally better, but chances are, it’s not equipment error, it’s operator error. The videos that you’ll find on this site are on average $50. As far as golf is concerned, a $50 investment in some instruction that will change the shape of your entire swing and the way you think about the golf swing is the best investment you can make in your golf game. Don’t mask the issue any more, treat the cause with this Full Swing Instructional DVD that will take you through the entire swing and explain in vivid detail the cause and effect relationship of what you’re struggling with, and then Bobby will explain how to fix it.
I wish you the best in your golf game. Thanks for visiting, I hope to provide some insight that maybe you haven’t heard or understood before. This website is an investment of time and money, and the info I’ve provided comes free of charge, so if you see some interesting links along the way, do me a favor and click a few, it’s a way that I can generate some income and continue to build the site with more free info. Remember…when it’s breezy, swing easy.
“The average golfer’s problem is not so much the lack of ability as it is the lack of knowledge about what he should be doing.” – Ben Hogan