The dreaded slice is one of the most common problems facing most golfers. The slice has affected golfers of all skill levels and handicaps. In many cases, even with professional coaching or studying the many articles published to cure the slice, the golfer is still slicing. This can badly affect his or her scores and his enthusiasm for the game.
The Reverse Slice Sequence is a technique created by Eric Cogorno. It was designed to help golfers who slice to develop a natural draw. The system examines the main reasons golfers slice the ball, concentrating on implementing a proper takeaway and backswing followed by a smooth continuous downswing with the clubface square at the point of contact.
Many factors are addressed to allow you to eliminate your slice. Each of these factors will be discussed in detail. The “ reverse slice sequence” is based on hitting 15 shots. The first 10 shots will be draws. If your eighth shot is a slice you start again until you complete ten shots with a draw. You then hit five shots to straighten the draw.
Most golfers when asked why they slice will give reasons such as I swing over the top, my setup or, the position of the ball is incorrect. While all these factors are important and can contribute to a slice. The main and only reason why you hit a slice is that your clubface is open to the path.
To ensure that your clubface is square to the ball on impact, the following aspects of your game have to be examined and, corrected if necessary.
The way that you grip your golf club will affect, how fast and in what direction the club is traveling in and the position of the clubface at impact. If you have a weak grip you are likely to hit a slice.
A correct grip will assist you in hitting the ball further, straighter and, more consistently with every club in your bag. The following steps if followed correctly will give you a good grip.
How to grip the club correctly Left Hand
Place the club in the fingers of the left hand with the grip on the club running from the middle of the index finger to the base of the pinkie. In closing your hand around the club your left thumb must run down the shaft. Your left hand should be placed half an inch from the base of the club. This will improve your control of the club.
This video will give you some insight into how a grip can help with your slice as well as other issues.
When you look down at your left hand 2 ½ knuckles should be visible with the “V” made by your left thumb and forefinger pointing to your right shoulder. This is regarded as a neutral position. If three knuckles are visible and the “V” is pointing past the right shoulder it is regarded as a strong grip.
Initially, when practicing how to reverse from hitting a slice to hitting the ball straight with a slight draw you start by exaggerating the swing to the left. To achieve this you will have to strengthen the grip slightly until you are comfortable with hitting the ball to the left.
If you can see less than 2 ½ knuckles and the “V” of your left hand is pointing to your left shoulder, this is considered to be in a weak position. A weak grip is one of the factors that will cause you to slice.
How to grip the golf club – Right Hand
Place the fleshy part of your right thumb directly on top of your left thumb. The “V” made between your right thumb and forefinger should point to your chin. If the “V” points to your right shoulder your right hand is in a strong position. If the “V” points over your left shoulder your right hand is in a weak position.
With a driver, a tip for curing your slice is in the stance. The ball should be just behind the left heel, keep your feet square to the target and pull back your right hip and shoulder behind the ball.
There are three checkpoints to the backswing that has to be practiced to improve your swing and, ultimately stop you from slicing and thus hitting the ball straighter and further. Initially, you want to practice hitting the ball to the left to eliminate your slice.
The first checkpoint is from the setup to where your hands get even to your thigh, about a foot from your setup. In completing this movement the butt of the club must stay faced toward you and toward your right leg with the clubface pointed squarely toward the ball. Practice this till you feel comfortable with the movement.
What you must not do is have the butt of the club pointing outside your left leg or at the target. The movement must be more body and less arm with a bit of chest and shoulder movement. Your clubface must face right at the ball and not facing to the right
The second checkpoint is at the first parallel. If you are slicing the ball your clubface will be open at this point and pointing toward the sky. The clubface should be straight across from you and slightly tilted down with the clubface angle closed to the path.
The third checkpoint is at the top of the backswing. From the first parallel with your right arm fully extended continue with the backswing by rotating the shoulders and hips to the top of the downswing ensuring your body stays behind the ball.
The left arm should be at a 90-degree angle at chin height. At the top of the backswing, your shoulders should have turned more than 90-degrees and you want the clubface to be square or closed with the wrist flat and making sure your palm is pointing up to the sky.
When you slice the ball you open the club-face through the shot and the arms come through the shot separated and wide apart that will cause a curvature of the ball to the right.
To control the clubface as you come through the golf shot, allow the toe of the club to rotate over, crossing your right arm over your left arm as you swing through to complete the downswing keeping your wrists locked. Don’t flick your wrists over.
To eliminate your slice you need to change the path into the golf ball by swinging more into the golf ball and more to the right-hand side, hitting more on the inside of the ball and, extending your swing down that right-hand side.
As you come down to the last parallel your right elbow must be in front of the wrist, your elbow points at the hip and, push the right bicep across the pectoral muscle to get the club handle forward in front of the body. It should be over your left leg at impact.
Point of Impact
Where you strike the ball on the clubhead at the point of impact can affect the distance and direction your ball will travel. If you slice the ball the tendency is to hit the ball on the heel side of the center on your club. To cure the slice you want to strike the ball closer to the toe or closer to the center of the club.
If you have adjusted the aspects of your grip and swing to now have the clubface closed on the impact it will mean that you are now hitting the ball to the left. You now have to make minor adjustments to hit the ball straight with a slight draw.
For example, you may want to change your grip from heavy to more neutral and, instead of closing the face fully, square the face up more.
The Reverse Slice Sequence Explained
Before explaining the actual Sequence it is necessary to explain how the golf brain works. The brain is divided into two distinct sections. The Left Brain is analytical and logical whereas the Right Brain is more intuitive and subjective.
The Right Brain is where you create and develop your athletic abilities. The most successful athletes in any sports tap into their Right Brain to instinctively perform the exact actions they need without even thinking about it.
The Left Brain is more logical and the majority of golf tips and written instruction is based on Left Brain tactics. Using these instructions, you stand over the ball thinking of all the sequences you have to follow to not slice the ball.
It is not surprising that this method does not work.
The Reverse Slice Sequence is a step-by-step technique to permanently execute the correct swing pattern to enable you to turn a slice into hitting a straight shot with a slight draw after 15 shots.
The ultimate goal of the Sequence is to re-train your mind, muscles, and, nervous system so that you instinctively come into your downswing on the right plane and with the clubface square, allowing you to consistently hit the ball straighter and, further.
It is based on a 3-step sequence that uses Right Brain training methods to fix the three core parts of your swing that cause you to slice, namely, your setup, open clubface and, coming over the top
Once the root causes of you hitting a slice have been fixed.
The Reverse Slice Sequence uses a repetitive system designed to get you to hit the ball to the left until you have successfully driven to the left 10 times. If your 8th shot goes to the right then you start at one again.
Once you have successfully hit 10 consecutive balls to the left, the following 5 drives are aimed at straightening your swing by hitting your shots on the correct plane with a square clubface for the perfect shot that goes straight with a slight draw consistently.
The Reverse Slice Sequence has received documented rave reviews from golfers who have been coached using this sequence or have purchased the full program.
It is a system worth considering if you have a problem with the slice.
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