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One of the biggest differences between elite level players and amateurs is that professionals tend to square the face relatively early in transition. From this position, they will use their body rotation and larger muscles to consistently deliver the club. Lower level players will tend to do the opposite. That is, the club face will be more open in transition, forcing them to rely on timing and hand manipulation at impact. If you are a player who struggles with a slice or has a hard time hitting a draw, you may be falling into this pattern of an open face and overactive hands & arms. To get a feeling for a more neutral path and face combination, simply place a tissue box or yoga block slightly ahead of the ball and at about 20 degrees to the right of your target line. From here, you will want to rehearse a swing where the toe of the club hits the box/block right after impact. You will then want to push the box/block and finish the release. This may feel strange at first, but if done properly, will almost guarantee an in-to-out path and a club face that is more square prior to impact. You can then work on adding speed and power to this pattern through body rotation, which will help further neutralize the path and face. If you successfully combine these two moves, you should get rid of your slice and noticeably straighten out your ball flight.
Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Not Enough Distance, Draw vs Fade, Impact, Follow Through, Release, Drill, Beginner