Good golfers don’t slice. Good golfers “block” their shots.
The slice and the block may end up in the same place – right of the target – but the causes are different. Where the standard left-to-right slice is caused by an over-the-top swing path and an open clubface, the block happens when an inside-to-out path is paired with an open clubface. Thus, a block starts right and fades slightly farther right.
The block is often referred to as “the good player’s miss” because lesser golfers rarely achieve the coveted inside-out swing needed to hit a draw. Think of it as a good-news, bad-news proposition.
If you tend to block shots with the driver or fairway clubs, the culprit is likely one of these simple flaws:
1. Setting up with the ball too far back in your stance.
2. Taking the club back on an exaggerated inside arc.
3. Sliding the hips laterally on the downswing, or rotating them too quickly left of target.
The first problem is easy to cure. Just move the ball toward your front foot a little at a time until you find the “sweet spot” which produces a slight draw.
If #2 is your issue, practice a takeaway that follows the target line for 8” – 12” before curving to the inside. On the range, place a clubhead cover about 6” directly behind your ball, then sweep it away when taking the club back.
As for #3, try this drill to synchronize your upper and lower body movements:
- Set up to hit your driver, but place your feet close together – no more than a foot apart.
- Hit several shots while swinging at about 75% of full power.
You’ll find it impossible to slide the hips toward the target while maintaining balance. Instead, you’ll have to rotate smoothly, allowing the shoulders and arms to keep pace. Bye-bye, block.