How to Position Your Elbow to Fix Your Slice

By Jimmy Ballard

Many of you out there are always asking the question: why do I slice the ball or why do I hook the ball? The first thing I would like to do is address the slice. I want you to understand that any curve of the ball is created by an angle. It is just a matter of what angle you put in there.

Elbow Controls the Clubface

Now the thing that you must realize is that we talk a lot about the left elbow controlling the clubface, and it controls the radius, and it controls the arc. So if the left elbow rolls up and points at the sky during the backswing it is changing the clubface, and there is your angle. That means to hit that ball solid I would have to roll my elbow on the backswing and roll it back the same amount on the downswing.

That is impossible to do consistently and what you are trying to do in the golf swing is to build a swing that is consistent. So to do that you must understand that the left elbow must always stay down for the club to stay square to the ball. Slices come from two or three different things. A lot of it is caused by the old form of teaching which, in my opinion, by the law of physics you can prove all day long is totally incorrect.

Should You Tuck Your Elbow In?

That is, people are told from the top of the swing to tuck their right elbow in. Well if from the top of the swing the first thing you do is tuck your right elbow in then your left elbow comes out creating and angle to cut across the ball.

The ball slices because you are some form of outside-across. And actually, in the golf swing, the more you tuck your right elbow in the more outside-across you are.

How to Correct Your Slice

To correct the slice you have to hit a descending blow, down the line and inside-out. And the only way the club can travel by the laws of physics inside-out, because the left arm is shorter on the club than the right, is the left elbow is what has to fold down. Then the right arm can get long, and that creates an inside-out, down the line squaring the club to the ball swing.

But any form of tucking the right elbow in, or any form of pulling the handle at the ball does nothing but create an angle to slice if you leave the blade open. Now we can go from there and show you how that same angle, depending on where you flip your hands, can also cause a hook.


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

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