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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Billy and Craig Harmon Stop Slicing

I've posted some of Billy and Craig Harmon's videos before, but this one has one really cool tip that may help you fix your slice FOREVER. (And no, I don't say things like that very often.)

Here, take a look at this little 2-minute video:

Billy's tip about taking your grip and then holding your arm straight out in front of you to see whether the club face is open or shut is one of the coolest little spot checks I've ever seen. PLEASE NOTE that when he straightens his arm, the back of his lead hand is facing the target. This is the key! If you aren't getting the back of your lead hand to face the target at impact, you have one of two choices:
  1. Correct your backswing because you're twisting your forearms (and the club face) open on the way back. This is the best solution.
  2. Take a much stronger grip than Billy recommends... but if your problem is caused by twisting your forearms on the way back, that won't fix the problem.
If you want to experiment a bit, I would suggest taking a neutral grip -- that is, where the club face is square when you take Billy's "test" -- and see what happens when you hit the ball. If you hit the ball straight or draw it, pointing the V in your lead hand toward your trailing shoulder will likely make you hook it too much. But if you hit a slice, then you need to get that V pointed toward your trailing shoulder pronto!

The whole video is loaded with helpful hints but Billy's tip can also help you learn how to shape the ball left or right at will simply by strengthening or weakening your grip. That's a very useful little technique to have in your repertoire.

And if for some reason the video didn't embed properly, you can find the original at this page.

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