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Popup Slice

Problem

You see a lot of weak slices and popups with a loss of distance.

Cure

If you are coming over the top it will cause a lazy slice. If you can get your hips in a better position at impact, it will allow you to bring the club a little lower and slightly from the inside. This should give you a better impact position.

Therapy

In addition to turning your hips toward the target, you also need to allow a little lateral movement as well. Let your hips move a little towards the target as you take the downswing but do not allow them to move past your knee or you will start to sway. One easy drill to practice this is to practice with a high table or bar. Set up without a club so that the surface is hip level. Leave an inch between your hip and the tabletop while your forward knee and foot are under the table. Swing your arms up to the top of the backswing. As you start to turn your hips towards the table during the downswing, try to bump the table with your hip.

Popup Slice

Problem

You see a lot of popups and slices while driving the ball.

Cure

You might be taking too steep of a swing, causing your slice and popups. Work on a smoother flowing and flatter swing plane.

Therapy

Do not rush the transition from the backswing into the forward swing. Trying to whip through this phase will lead to a wicked slice and an overly steep swinging plane. It is okay to have a short pause at the top of your swing; however, make sure it is not too long or dramatic. Your transition should be smooth without any sliding of the body or hips. It is common for players to move their forward knee slightly towards the target as they begin their swing but make sure your hips do not pass the outer edge of your foot. Remember to think to turn, not side.

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