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HOW-TO: Stop Slicing With a Simple Setup Tweak!

This has been beaten to death, but… you slice the ball.

That’s OK, though, because we’re gonna go over a simple setup tweak that can help eliminate a slice!  The rights (or lefts, if you’re a lefty) will be a thing of the past!

What I want you to do is pay attention to where you place the ball along the face of your golf club.

I’ve been watching the guys on my league, and there’s one thing the slicers have in common: where the ball’s aligned.

A dear friend of mine, who was a former partner on the golf league I’m in, does this all. the. time.  All the time.  And he slices the ball all. the. time.  I’ve tried to get him to move the ball as I’ll show you shortly, but he won’t do it.  “It looks weird”, he says… even though he hits it straighter.

Some people are just resistant to change.  You’re not one of those types, are you?

Hell, I fell into that trap, too.

Just recently, as a matter of fact.  It took a chance look at old pictures I took for me to see that I’d drifted away from my usual setup position.  The good news is, this is a small, easy tweak.

Make no mistake, though; just because you make a small tweak, it doesn’t mean it can’t produce big results.

Let’s take a look at this:

simple setup tweak- move the ball away from the heel of your driver

See how close to the heel the ball is?  Is this you?

A dear friend of mine, who was a former partner on the golf league I’m in, does this all. the. time.  All the time.  And he slices the ball all. the. time.  I’ve tried to get him to move the ball as I’ll show you shortly, but he won’t do it.  “It looks weird”, he says… even though he hits it straighter.

Some people are just resistant to change.  You’re not one of those types, are you?

So what if I showed you something that may feel/look weird at first, but produces results?

With repeated use, it’ll become second-nature.  So why make the change?

With the ball in the above placement, thanks to gear effect, that little white pill has no option but to slice!  What’s worse, you almost have to come inside-out (another slice maker) just to hit it “on the screws”.

Can you ever win?

Yes, you can.  And the best part, it’s not that big of a tweak.  Take a look at this pic:

simple setup tweak- move ball out towards the toe of your driver

Feeling like you suck at golf?  Let’s fix that right now!

See how much farther out towards the toe the ball is?

If you come into the ball inside-out, like you’re supposed to, you’ll most definitely catch it on the “sweet spot”.  If you don’t, you can thank gear effect this time, instead of cursing the sh!t out of it.  Why?

Assuming you followed the first link, you saw how gear effect affects the ball.  In this instance, if you catch it out towards the toe, the “counter-clockwise” spin added to the ball would help send it back towards the fairway.

And if you catch it flush… Boom City.

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You can do it with irons, too, though you don’t get the added benefit of gear effect.

If the setup looks like this:

simple setup tweak- move ball away from the heel of the club

Think about making it look like this, instead:

simple setup tweak- ball closer to toe

There’s something psychological that happens when you force yourself into a new setup position.

Instead of following the same old rut, you’re looking at things differently- literally.  In this instance, it can be a good thing.  You’re almost forced to come inside-out, which is ideal.  You’ll get better contact and better results.

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Is it really that simple?

Make no mistake, not everything you change in your golf swing has to be a big one.  Sometimes, even the most simple setup tweak can have a positive impact on your ball’s flight.  After having, losing, and rediscovering it, I can tell you personally that it can.

How about you?  What’s something you’d consider to be a simple setup tweak you made that had a big result?

About the Author

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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