PETE Cowen, this week, focuses on the slice shot – something that afflicts so many club golfers.
The former European Tour player, who has coached former world number one Lee Westwood, and Major champions Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Willett, Sergio García, Darren Clarke, and Henrik Stenson at one time or another, along with several stars on the US PGA Tour and European Tour, says that this can be avoided with a better understanding of what you are trying to do.
Slicers come over the top, says Cowen, which means that the club is being thrown outside the line from the top of the backswing, rather than letting it drop. When you think about it, this makes sense.
When the club is behind you, some people feel that they need to stop it from falling because they fear they would hit behind the ball. The reaction is to throw it out and over.
Cowen says he uses this drill a lot with the top pros just to get them feeling where all the good positions are in the swing.1 If you have a problem with open shoulders at address, this drill helps square you up.2 As you take the club back, the elbow tucks nicely into the body and the club follows a perfect plane.3 From the perspective of the camera, the hands should cover the right shoulder as they are doing here.4 Heading down, the similarities between this image and No.2 are obvious. The right elbow is moving in front of the body into an ideal position to release the club.5 Here’s the release point for the perfect strike.