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Date Posted: 22:06:50 06/17/15 Wed
Author: Roy Reed (R2)
Subject: Re: Driver/fairway woods
In reply to: Mike K 's message, "Driver/fairway woods" on 09:11:39 06/15/15 Mon

Mike: Just another tip that may help you get rid of the slice: try moving the ball a little more forward in your stance when you're using the fairway woods. Several of my students have experienced the same "slicing" problem you mention, and if you play the ball slightly forward of where you've been playing it, this action will allow the club face a little more time to "square-up" before impact. Most slices are caused by an open club face at impact and/or casting the club (a "over-the-top", "outside-to inside" swing) which puts a lot of side-spin on the ball. If you move the ball too far forward, you will end up hitting a lot of "pulls" so I suggest making the adjustment in small increments. Hit 'em straight! r2

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[> [> Re: Driver/fairway woods -- Mike K, 19:35:10 06/18/15 Thu

Thank you Roy I will try that at the range tomorrow.

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[> [> [> Re: Driver/fairway woods -- Roy Reed (R2), 22:00:47 06/21/15 Sun

Mike: One more cause of your slice could be your alignment. I have found that lots of slices are really the result of improper alignment at set-up. Next time you go to the range and start hitting slices, keep your feet planted where they ended up at the end of your swing and lay your club on the ground touching your toes. Then stand behind the club and see where it is pointing. There is a good chance it is pointing very near where the ball ended up. Many golfers "think" they are aligned correctly but they tend to re-grip the club or shift their feet during initial set-up. The ball generally goes where you are really aligned, not where you "think" your swing path is. Hope this helps a little. Take care and hit 'em straight! R2

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[> [> [> [> Re: Driver/fairway woods -- Mike K, 12:45:31 06/22/15 Mon

Your first tip helped a lot. I hit a large bucket of balls as I moved the ball forward in my stance until I felt comfortable ( it was only an inch or two). I started to get the hang of it and the ball flight was straight and some started to fly much longer as well. Thank you for your posts.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Driver/fairway woods -- Alan (Hoosier Hayseed), 10:45:51 07/24/15 Fri

Your tip is well intentioned, and I have done the very same thing many times; however, you don't always slice whenever you hit the ball to the right - as you pointed out, you were simply aimed that way.
Of course, when you do hit a slice, (which I did for 24 years) plus you are aimed to the right, it only makes it worse, and you end up even deeper into the woods.

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