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The sliced golf shot is possibly the most frustrating shot in golf and it’s so common, nearly every golfer that you know will experience some version of a sliced golf shot at some point in their career. So sliced golf shot for the right handed golfer is a ball that moves left to right down the fairway and finishes in treble to the right. And more commonly a slice would actually start left of target slice away to the right hand side into the rough or in to the trees. Now we, we can understand why the ball slices and that’s because the path of the club and the face of the golf club are not matched up, they are not lined up together. And quite often the clubface will be aiming to the right of the swing path. So the swing path if this was down the line the swing path would be heading to the left, the clubface would be more right than the swing path and the ball would move left to right with spin and it would curve away down the fairway.

Now there’s two ways you could correct this you could either work harder on improving your technique and that’s something I would encourage you to do I’m a little bit of a purist I like to see people improve their technique to be able to hit the ball better. But if you play golf for fun, and you play golf for enjoyment and you haven’t gotten heaps and heaps of time to invest in changing your swing and improving your technique, there’s maybe a bit of a quick fix, a little bit of a cheat that you could do and you could invest in some technology, buy a driver that improves your slice. Now if we can substantiate that claim that driver would work out of the shops on its own, so here is a driver that might explain how these technologies within the golf are put together to help improve your slice.

So this is a tailor made SLDR driver and I’ve picked this driver purely because it’s the easiest to try and explain what’s happening down on the bottom here. So if I can just bring this towards the camera you can see at the bottom here a little blue weight, now I can move that around I’ve just loosen the weight, so it moves from one side to another across the driver face. Now the point of the SLDR driver is it has a fade side and has a draw side, the fade side being the toe and the draw side being the heel. So if you setup to the golf ball and you were to set that weight into the toe of the golf club tight on the weight upon the knee, so it doesn’t rattle around. That puts more weight in the toe slows the toe down opens the face and encourages more of a slice, so we definitely don’t want to do that.

If we drag the weight back into the heel of the golf club, tighten the weight it took there that slows the heel down the toe accelerates passes the heel and closes the clubface. Now if we suggested that the path was more leftwards for the right handed golfer path more left face more right, now we have changed the weighting to help the clubface aim more left, now we have got less difference between path and face and the ball will have less curvature in flight.

Now I’m not advocating that the SLDR from tailor made is the only driver to do this, because lots of other drivers would position weight more favorably into the heel, they kind of heel bias the weight to the driver. I’ve picked this one purely because it’s very easy to see and it’s very easy to demonstrate to you guys how that weight could move around. So this is an adjustable driver, some drivers would have the weight set in the heel and it just stays there.

And that’s one of the sort of the technologies that a manufacturer could use to help improve the slice. Other things you should look for is don’t get too stiff a shaft, if the shaft is too stiff that’s renowned for causing a bit more slice on the ball. Don’t get too little loft, if there’s not enough loft on the back of the driver face there is not enough back spin on the golf ball and back spin will inherently try and fly the ball a little bit straighter, so plenty of loft a nice flexible shaft and a little bit of draw bias built into the head are all things that could help you. The other thing we could look at as well is an offset driver. An offset driver is purely a driver where the face is set back slightly from the club head and that helps encourage more height more draw bias and less of the slice. So if you are playing golf for fun and you are enjoying it all apart from that nasty little slice shot, have a look at changing the driver, getting custom fit for the right technology and see if that can improve your slice.