In this tip I am going to teach you have to cure your slide and your down swing, as you go to hit the ball. Now, what is a slide? Well, slide is typically seen amongst better players.
What happens is, if you’re in that beginner or average category, you’re probably still in a position where you’re trying to hit the golf ball with your hands and arms. So, you’re up here, the top of your back swing, and you’re trying to do this hitting motion. As you do that, what happens is, your whole upper body is tilting to the left. You’re in a very rotational position, but because you’re hitting with your hands and arms, your whole body is still tilting to the left. Now, if you tilt to the left like that, you have a swing that’s called being over the top. So, from this angle right here, if I’m in a position like this, and I tip my body to the left, the golf club will swing to the left. If the club face is open a little bit, the ball is going to start left, and then slice back to the right. If the face is way open, it’s going to start right, and go right. If you role it over, you’re going to pull the ball, or pull hook the ball to the left. So, this is typically what happens when you’re in that beginner or average category. Now, as you become a better player, what happens is, you start to understand that you’re suppose to be hitting the golf ball with your lower body. In that process what happens is, you start to fire from your lower body and you start to use that to start your down swing.
The problem is, you start over doing it a little bit. Maybe somebody told you that you should be shifting to hit the ball, or bumping your hips to hit the ball. Well, if you do that, what happens is, your whole upper body tips to the right too much, and that causes your ball to push, push fade, or even dock hook, because you’ve created a severe inside out swing path. So, from this angle, let me just show you what happens when you slide laterally in the down swing. So, if I’m here like this, and I slide, my ball is now push fading a little bit out to the right. And that’s because from here I went like this, I just took it back, and then I moved laterally to hit the shot. Now, in that process that’s called sliding. So, I’m sliding laterally, that tips me right, ball goes out to the right. If I turn it over too much, or flip it a little bit, a club swing severely from the inside hitting the top right quadrant of the ball, and that’s what gives me that dock hook to the left. So, people that slide tend to duck hook it. They may even draw it too, or push, push fade. OK? So, this is why it’s so important that you cure the slide. We need our golf club to not be swinging as severely inside out at the ball, so then we get going more down the target line which will produce straighter shots.
So, how do we actually cure this? Well, if you have seen any of my previous lessons, the follow through position that I want you to be in with the left leg has it in a locked position. So, I want this leg to literally locked by going straight back, and allow this leg to come around and perfectly touch it. If you did that properly, there is no way you would be moving in a lateral motion. So, I don’t want this movement, I want a rotational movement which allows this leg to lock straight. So, if you look at it from here, this leg is literally going straight back. So, I feel it goes straight back as this one comes around to touch it. If I was doing a lateral motion, like bumping my hips, or shifting my weight, there is no way my legs are going to be touching here, because this leg is going in this direction, and this one is trying to catch it. If I lock the leg, that allows this one to come around and meet it. Because this leg is no longer going sideways. OK? So, we want to lock this leg. This one will come around to meet it. Now, ideally you should be thinking about that position from the very top of your back swing. So, if you’re up here like this, you’re not thinking about shifting anymore, you’re not thinking about hitting the ball, you’re thinking about turning. Now, I say that, because if you turn the weight will shift on it’s own. Because you can not get to this position with your weight over on this side, and being on the tip of this toe, if the weight didn’t shift. So, if we think about turning the weight shift will occur. If you’re thinking about shifting when ever you’re going to turn you’re still lateral, so that means that the body tips too much and you end up in that severe inside out position. So, we want to be thinking turn, not shift. OK? We need this leg to lock, this one will come around to meet it.
You can get that by thinking about taking this hip and turning it to the left. You can think about locking the left leg, and allowing the right to come over. You can think about taking the weight from this side, and pushing it in a circular motion, to allow this leg to come over to touch the other leg. All 3 of those things occur, even if you’re only thinking of one of them. So, if I turn my hip, my legs straightness, the weight comes off of this side. If I straighten the leg, the hip turns, this come over to touch it. If I go from this side the leg, straightens, the hip turns. They all happen, but it just depended on which one you want to be thinking off. Me personally, I think about taking away from this side, and I push it in the circular motion to this side. So, that gives me that rotational feeling, and I certainly don’t slide. I used to slide quite severely when I was younger. So, I actually had to go through this at one point. And if somebody would have just told me, hey straighten this leg, and touch this one, I would occurred it in about 2 seconds. Instead of taking 2 months which it took me of every single day working on it. OK? So, you can get this a lot faster if you understand. So, here’s a great way to get this. You just do this drill, you can do it at home, you can do it at the ranch. It doesn’t matter, just try to do this drill, this will give you great feeling for it. All you have to do is, you have to get the object, and you put it off of your left hip, and then when you go to do your swings you try to miss the object. So, what that means is, you can take an alignment stick like this. These are a little tough to get into the ground, but if the ground is soft, it’s not a big deal. Put it in the ground like that. You can set up to your ball like this. Just do practice thing first. So, from right here you want to make sure you’ve got about 4 inches right here.
Now, if you do a swing, you should be able to turn without hitting this object. So, if you go up to the top like this, and you slide, you will be hitting into this objects, as soon as you come down. So, have an object of the left hip, about 4 inches. Now, an alignment stick, this thing is kind a flexible. Might be a little tough to feel if you’re actually hitting this or not. So, what you do is, you get a broken shaft, or a shaft with no head on it, put the shaft in the ground, right there. If you don’t have a broken shaft like that, and you really want to do this like today, out on the driving range, what you do is, you take one of your golf clubs, and you just stick it in the ground like that. So, now I’ve got an object off of my hip. So, from right here I can do practice swings, and then I can even hit golf balls with this at about 4 inches right here. If I hit shots, I should be able to do that whole swing without knocking this out of the way. Because it’s in there pretty sturdy, I can feel that against my side hip, if I was to move against it. So, keep turning, keep trying get this leg to straighten, allow this one to come over and touch it, and then you’re going to get rid of that slide. OK? Hopefully you understand it. If you’re sliding, you’re creating a path that is too much inside out, so by learning how to turn better, you won’t be tipping too much to the right, which will determine a path that’s more down the line. So, you’re going to hit a lot straighter shots, OK? So, get to work on your slide, and within no time you’ll have it fix. Make sure you ask your questions, post your comments below, I’ll try to get through as many as I can.