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Fix Your Slice

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Laser Path Training

Swing path is one of the most consistent aspects of a golfers swing pattern. Identifying your swing path can go a long way to improving your pattern of misses. Using a laser can help you see where the club path is swinging without getting distracted by the club face. This is a great way to train your path at home. 

Playlists: Fix Your Slice, Understand Your Swing Plane/Path, Fix Your Hook

Tags: Not Straight Enough, Draw vs Fade, Follow Through, Drill, Beginner

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The Stirl is laser path training. So I'm going to use a cat laser to help you train your path at home.

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Many go for a struggle with either an overly into out path or overly out to in.

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If you're overly into out, you'll tend to struggle with more thin shots, more blocks and hooks,

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maybe even shanking them all. If you're more outside in, you'll tend to struggle with really deep

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divots. If you take divots at all, you may have a chicken wing on the way through. You'll hit pulls and slices.

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You'll be better with the wedges, kind of really struggle with the long clubs like the driver.

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So what I'm going to do is I'm going to use a cat laser instead of a golf club,

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or actually in as a representation of where the shaft is pointing, to help me figure out where the club needs to swing

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in both the downswing and the follow-through. Now ideally, you're doing this in a room where you've got walls all around.

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You don't have to spin around, but I've only got this wall here that you can see. Now, if I go ahead and get set up,

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and I'm going to take the club and I'm going to grip it so that the laser is sticking out the bottom.

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If you've got one club at home, you can just tape it there, and I recommend if you use a laser, you get one that has an on-off switch,

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so you don't have to keep pressure on it. So I've got the laser just like so.

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If I tend to have more of a slice than what that means is that the laser is going to work very much horizontally across the wall like this.

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If I tend to have more of a hook pattern, that means that the laser is going to tend to work more vertically up the wall just like this.

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And when I'm coming into the wall, it's going to be the same thing. So if I tend to get the laser going out there, that's going to tend to produce more of that slice pattern.

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If the laser is working more vertically down like this, that's going to tend to swing out to the right.

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So I've used this with a number of students who are more visual learners to kind of get the pattern. So if you have more of a slice pattern, you want the laser going straight up the wall.

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That would be a sign that you're keeping the club head further out towards the target line.

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If you have more of a hook, it's already going straight up the wall. I recommend trying to get it to work more up the swing plane or even a little bit around to the left.

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Now, as with most path training, this doesn't really give you anything to work on with the club face, but this can be a really good compliment when you're practicing at home and working on your path.

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And you really don't even need a club. You could just take the laser and basically start training some of these movements of having a little bit of tilt and body rotation and seeing how that makes the club work more around or up the swing plane.

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You could see how if you early extend that would tend to throw it straight up the wall. And if you lunched forward like this, that would tend to make it go low and horizontally across.

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So if you're more of a visual learner, this is a great little device for helping you calibrate and dial in what your path tendencies are and you can work on balancing them by doing the opposite.

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