For most golfers, their big miss is a shot that goes to the right. Some people call it a push, some people call it a fade, but when an instructor looks at that shot they typically see a slice. In this rendition of Play Better Golf, legendary golf instructor Hank Haney has a few simple tips that will help you eliminate that dreaded slice.
Hank Haney: The Big Bertha Fusion driver is Callaway’s most forgiving driver ever. It has the highest MOI of any driver Callaway’s ever made, which means it’s going to be the straightest hitting driver Callaway’s ever made and that’s a good thing because I’m always talking about eliminating your big miss.
For most golfers their big miss is a shot that goes to the right. Some people call it a push, some people call it a fade and when an instructor looks at that shot usually what he sees is a slice but that’s the big miss that most people need to fix. The Big Bertha Fusion driver actually has a little bit of draw bias built in it so it’s going to help you with that shot to the right but you also need some help with your technique. So let me explain some of the things you can think about to help fix your big miss that goes to the right.
First thing, when you’re missing to the right the club face is open when you hit the golf ball and it’s open relative to the path of your swing, so let me explain. If I swing the club and a path that goes across the ball here and let’s say I’m swinging across let’s say five degrees to the left but my club face is open any amount relative to that path my ball is going to tend to slice to the right. So I’m swinging five degrees to the left here but the club face is only three degrees to the left, well that means the club face is two degrees open relative to the path of the swing, the ball is going to take off to the right of my path and it’s going to slice from there.
Here’s what you need to do to fix it. You need to get the path of your swing going more to the right so I’m telling people to take a practice swing where you hold the club up off the ground like this. This does a few things, first thing it does is it levels your swing out and it will help you to learn to rotate the club face through the golf ball. So practice swings up off the ground like this, now feel the direction of your swing heading more to the right but and when I’m taking this swing you can see I’m swinging out more towards right field here. That’s the direction you want to swing.
Now the next thing you have to do is you want to make sure you square the club face a little bit earlier, so right back here two or three feet behind the golf ball I’m going to get the left hand squaring up turning the club face so the path is going to go more to the right, the club face is going to square up earlier and if I do those two things, swing the club a little more to the right, square the club face earlier, what I’m going to get is I’m going to get is a golf ball that starts off to the right and draws a little bit to the left.