How to Fix a Slice and Hook in Golf With the Correct Grip

By Jimmy Ballard

What I would like to talk to you about today is how a lot of you wonder why you hook the ball, why you slice the ball or why you hit the ball straight.

Why Do You Slice or Hook?

The easiest way to explain it to you is to explain that angles create curves in the golf ball. It is an angle that curves your golf ball for the slice and it is an angle that creates the hook. What I want you to understand right off the bat is how important the connection of the left arm is, where it starts in the golf swing and how the left arm is what creates the angels, it is never the right arm.

The Most Natural Swing Position

The best way I can explain that to you is if I set up to the ball in what we call the weightlifters position, or the natural position, that connects our arms to our shoulders. We don't want our arms reaching out; we don't want our arms to create angles. It is like curling weights, your shoulders would be level, and when you set up the relationship of your shoulders to your hands would form a triangle.

You never want to create an angle in the set up, if you do you are set up to slice or to flip and hit hooks. So take the angle out at the beginning by creating the triangle in the set up. In the golf swing both elbows should point down to the ground, you never want either elbow pointing out because that we be an angle.

Elbow and Clubface Position

So by both elbows pointing down like a weight lifter in the curl position, I want you to notice how important where the left arm is and where it should stay throughout the swing. Wherever I set my left arm, if you look at my left elbow, the left elbow totally controls the clubface, totally controls your radius and totally controls your arc.

The simplicity of that is that if I set up to the ball square, notice that as the left elbow moves just a degree or so, look how much that changes the clubface. Look how much that creates an angle to hit a glancing blow in the golf swing. So always understand in the golf swing, and it is very crucial, that both elbows point down at all times.

  • The elbows point down in the backswing and the elbows point down on the forward-swing.
  • If the elbows are down on the backswing and the elbows are down on the forward-swing you can never create an angle.
  • Angles are created from the left elbow coming out and pointing up on the backswing and from the right elbow pointing out on the backswing with the left elbow pointing in.

Correct Golf Swing Set Up

Always in the golf swing, when you set up correctly, with the brace connected address, the club is always pointing back to the center of your body. If the club does that and the elbows are pointing down, the club will always stay pointing at the center of your body and you will always maintain the triangle. If the left elbow rolls out it creates and angle and if your right elbow flies out it creates an angle. So the key here, before you solve any problems on slices or hooks, is to always understand keeping the triangle and keeping the elbows down throughout the swing.


Category: Hook
Sub Categories: Arms, Swing Mechanics, Swing Plane

About the Instructor

Jimmy Ballard
Jimmy Ballard
Jimmy Ballard Swing Connection
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Key Largo, FL 33037
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