All too often I see golfers on the range hitting balls that start left and curve hard to the right. What do I see next? One of two things. Either a ball that flies shorter in the air and curving further right or a dead solid pull to the left. There is a good reason why this happens in my opinion and it’s due to incorrect information for so many years.
Until recent years, golfers were told that the ball starts in the direction that the club is travelling in. If the ball was travelling right then the “common sense” reaction was that a golfer had to swing more left. Thanks to technology like TrackMan, we now know that the balls starts predominantly in the direction of where the clubface is pointing at impact (approximately 75% responsible off of irons and up to 90% for drivers) and the path is mostly responsible for the curvature of the golf ball. What does this all mean? A golfer can have a “square” clubface to the target at impact and the ball will curve to the right if the club path is moving left of the target (out-to-in club path), assuming a right handed golfer.
The easiest way for golfers who slice to correct their curvature is to remember to tell themselves that if the ball is curving to the right, they need to swing more to the right. In order to learn how to do so, below is a drill I have had tremendous success with in order to teach golfers how to draw the golf ball by getting their club path to the right (inside-out).
In the pic above I have taken a standard range basket, placed it upside down, and stuck an alignment stick through the top portion of the basket, you may need a towel to counterbalance the weight of the alignment stick hanging out. Place the ball at the very front of the alignment stick but on the outside of the target line by about 2 inches, making you swing underneath the alignment stick in order to make contact with the golf ball without hitting the stick. If you do this, you are on your way to swinging on the right path and learning how to hit little draws with more power and better accuracy.
– by Derek MacDonald, @derektmacdonald PGA of Canada Class “A” Professional, The Marshes Golf Club