– Well hello, Adam Bazalgette here, I’m a three-time PGA Teacher of the Year and today’s subject we’re gonna tackle is an important one, how to
stop slicing your driver. (Electronic music) So how to stop slicing your
driver, well let’s take a look at perhaps, you know,
what’s definitive about it: the order you should try to fix things in and I’ll give you specifically
four tips that I think will really help, if you’ll
follow these in order. If you like the video, please
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home website, full courses in every aspect of the game there, thanks. One thing’s definitely true
to say, I’m telling you, if you hit the ball reasonably
solidly, let’s just assume that for a moment, it is
always true to say that when you slice it, the club
face is open in relation to the swing as you’re hitting the ball. Now watch me slow-motion
in the hitting bay hit one, you’ll see just what an affect this has. OK, so I’m gonna have a little
come over the top swing here, the club face is open but
not extraordinarily so, you just watch how the
ball reacts down there, and I hit that ball relatively solidly and one of the things
they’ve really learned in the golf business in the last
20 years is that if you have the swing and the face,
the face trumps the swing. The ball will go much more
towards the face angle than the swing direction so
it’s crucial that you start to match those up. Alright, as we get started here,
first off, don’t try to fix everything at once. I suggest you try to get
the club face better first and I’m gonna show you
four tips on that here. Believe me, if you’re
losing a lot of balls right, if you try to make yourself
swing more to the right it’s not only gonna be
very difficult to do but you’ll actually hit the ball
worse if you do it because the ball’s gonna go even
further to the right. So let’s work on that club
face, here’s four thoughts to help you. So grip is crucial if you’re
gonna square the club, relax this lead hand,
let your fingers curl, let the club slot down in
the fingers of that hand so that that pad is
completely on top of the club. When you look at it from
this angle, the wrist joint should be well on that side of the shaft. OK, point number two, it’s
important to understand that when you’re trying to
close that club face, and if you haven’t been able
to do that effectively before, this can easily happen to you. Don’t think that it requires
a massive amount of shaft, whip and chaotic sort
of motion down there. All we’re talking about is
closing the face, so we’re not trying to get out of
control, we’re trying to get the face shut. Let’s have a little look at a drill, I think will help you. OK, impact bag, that’s gonna help us with point number three, and
that is you have to have a deceleration snap pattern, if you like, or a deceleration acceleration pattern before you’ll solve this. Now here’s what I mean by
that, if you’re gonna crack a whip, you’ve gotta stabilize
the handle to crack energy. I teach golf all day,
slicers have had such a time hitting the ball to the right
that invariably they pull so hard with their arms and
shoulders trying to get that ball on to line, there’s not
enough of a deceleration, there’s not enough resistance
to get the club to snap square, there’s nothing
for it to resist against. So practice with a bag, or
just imagine you have one or hang a little sheet there
or something, a pillow. Very smooth swings and what
you’re trying to feel is, much like snapping the
whip, I feel like I begin to decelerate, not stop
necessarily but decelerate and pot the energy to the golf club. Now you may say, well
I thought you just said in the previous tip, we
don’t want all this activity in the club. If you watch baseball, it’s
a good example, I’m not a baseball expert, they have
a lot of snap in there but when they get to impact, it’s stable. You don’t see the bat crumble
all over the place so, hey sure we do want some pop
but we want it to be stable at impact like that,
not chaotic and active. The key with this as well
is, when you get to the bag, have the face aimed left. So we’re gonna try it again,
I’ve got my deceleration pattern, I’m not trying to
square the club with my body, and I just crack the face
so it’s closed like that. You will have the feel,
it’s a critical component. So number four: play
around with the club face. Do some mid-speed swings,
I’m gonna come over the top a little bit on this one
again, and play around with it, in this case I’ve snapped
the face much more square and actually ball went
slightly left but you can see the ball is more or less
taking off true to the swing. Hey, no matter, that’s over here and my ultimate target’s over
there, I’m trying to get used to the face and don’t try
to do it just perfectly, do a few where you get some
wicked hooks, leave a few open, then go back to trying
to just square it up and get that straight ball flight. That’s the way you want the
ball, transferring off the club. OK, so let’s assume we’re
doing a little bit better with the club face, that those
four tips are helping out. Let’s at least look at
swing path a little bit. Certainly a slicer almost
always swinging too far to the left, so how can
we straighten that out? Now there can be many many
reasons why the path goes to the left, but let’s at
least give you a drill, I think simple, at least give
you a feel, shall we say, for how to do it correctly. So if I had a bucket full of
sand and sand wasn’t gonna come out of here, that would be tossing the contents straight out. Picture this in your
mind’s eye, try it in front of the computer, you don’t
have to have a bucket. If I wanted to toss the
sand way over to my right, look at how the body attitude would be, my hips would go forward,
my body would tilt back, and that sends the content of
the bucket as such, out there. Conversely, if I wanted to toss
it like a slicer behind me, my hips would stay back and I’d
go around my body like that. So, here’s a little drill I think is good. I’ve been lucky enough over
the years, recent years, to become reasonably
friendly with Andy and Mike Bennett and Plummer, the
founders of Stack and Tilt and they call this drill the Flying Wedge, it’s a great little drill so,
here’s what I would recommend. Tee the ball pretty high, we’re
not gonna swing very hard, we’re not gonna try to do a
lot with the golf club here. And once you’re set up,
picture the bucket toss, push your hips forward, your
upper body will feel more back and more closed, if you like. And just make a little half swing, I might hit this 120 yards. From that position and
you will start to get a real sense of it. Let’s have a look from this angle. So make sure you tee it nice
and high, I’m gonna take my set up here, then I’m
gonna give the hips the bump forward, that tilts my
spine, and you can just see I’m set up to swing a little
more in this direction, again not too much speed, not
too much action in the club. Just get set there, and feel that path of
that swing going a little more out to the right. You can lock on to that
feeling, cycle back through these things, you start
slicing it a little bit again, go to the four tips, get
the face, then come back and work on this stuff. You’ll have to do it a lot of
times, you’ll fix your slice in time, I promise. So I hope that helps you
with how to stop slicing your driver,’s
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  1. I really enjoy your videos and always find value in them. That being said I literally find it next to impossible to swing a driver to the right and not sure why. I go thru phases where I am driving the ball well, usually straight, then trend back towards a fade ( i rarely hit a complete slice). I don't have a high swing speed so because I can't draw the ball and get extra yardage my second shot usually requires a 4i or 5i , making pars hard to come by. Trying to control a driver clubface is not an easy thing that's for sure it can be very frustrating and deflating at times… tough club but the pros sure make it look easy 🙂

  2. These videos are truly valuable to golfers who are trying to improve their game. Driving the ball is my biggest flaw. It’s a game of feel and repetition and these tips are not only helpful but they’re unique. Thank you for the lesson.

  3. Thnx Adam, your videos have been helpful and simplified. Specially that hip bump video corrected My driver swing. Thumbs up!!!

  4. Do you evaluate swing videos? I would help on my swing, please let me know if you can help my swing out, Thank You

  5. I don't normally have a problem slicing my driver – unless occasionally it is a push slice – but something made me watch this. I am glad I did because I do have a problem with a severe in to out club path and your demonstration of what happens when you slide your hips too far forward (which I do) really resonated with me.

  6. I went from a 36 handicapper, down to 7.4 in just over 12 months, mainly from focusing, and concentrating on Adam's videos, and putting the drills into practice…. Thanks to Adam! Legend of Golf!

  7. The last tip starting with your hips already kicked out, it looked like your drive went wide right. Is that what you were going for? So then you can practice and avoid hitting the ball with the hips kicked out like that?

  8. Very very very good advice not bad for an Englishman.You have a tremendous handle on how to swing a club even though you never competed! Zcongratulations great advice! Peter beames

  9. Hi Adam, I saw one video on driver you did, with one tee by itself, behind the driver, for swing path improvement, which the object was to hit the frist, then hit tee with ball..So what I tried, Instead of having my club head directly behind tees up ball, I took my same stance, but moved the club head about 4 inches back, then took my normal swing….For what ever reason, I hit the ball further and straighter which I was working on…My normal flight is from left to right, anywhere from a baby fade, to 20-30 yards which is manageable for me…Can you try this out, and let us know what you think….I'm thinking, with that extra space, somewhere my clubs getting square for a pretty much stright shot…..Anyway great video….Congradulation on our videos, sometimes I see 1/2 million hits, I'm pretty sure that's the most, I've seen anywhere……Leland (18 Handicapper )

  10. PS…The drill you showed, where to move the club head forward 1st, then take the club back and fill the top of the back swing..I've incorporated that swing in my practice swing with all my clubs, just to remind me, where I'm at, and tempo motion…..

  11. One thing that confuses me……how do you keep such a strong grip and closed club face without de-lofting the driver? I’m having a difficult time getting the ball up in the air. So my drives do one of two things…..either a nice high ascend that slices, or a low line drive “gopher killer” that bolts dead center.

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