Q: I’m 15 years old and I‘m a pretty good golfer. I shoot mid to low 70's. I have a tournament in early November and I just recently developed a horrible slice that I can’t shake off. I seem to be going over the top on my downswing. Any drills that would help fix this problem in a hurry?
A: Understand that with a slice, the club face is pointing to the right of your swing path when you hit the ball. Stop this and you stop your slice. The most obvious place to investigate would be your grip. Is your heel pad of your left hand on top of the club? When you glance down can you see 2 or even 3 knuckles of your left hand? If no, there’s your problem. Try taking the club away from the ball keeping the face looking at the ball for the first 2 feet of the takeaway. Hopefully one of these thoughts will do the trick and get you hitting a slight draw. Good luck.
Q: Martin. Love the show. I would like to know if there is a 'dominant eye' during the golf swing. It seems to me that the eyes have their own plane. I recall Jack Nicklaus looked like he cocked his head and looked at the ball with his left eye. Am I delusional?
A: Now that depends who you ask!!! Some of the eye doctors I have asked say yes, others say you just become accustomed to using one more than the other. I can say from a practical, down in the trenches point of view, looking at the ball more with the left eye and head turned back slightly seems to help if you tend to pull the ball to the left and swing out-to-in. Looking at the back of the ball with the right eye seems to help if you tend to push the ball or swing in-to-out. I find it is true also in putting. Good luck.
Q: This sounds very simple, but to a new golfer it isn’t. On the tee, how high do you tee the ball? Too high and the ball gets too airborne. Too low and you hit a grounder. HELP!
A: There are some players on the PGA TOUR who tee it low and others that tee it very high. As a general rule, when the driver head is on the ground the ball should be teed so that the top of the driver would reach the equator of the ball. The higher you tee the ball, the greater your potential for distance, but most times if the tour pro needs to get it in play they will tee it lower. Good luck.
Q: Martin, I enjoy your show. I have a daughter receiving lessons from a PGA instructor. While practicing, the instructor will always use the term “swing left”. Can you possibly explain this concept to me without blowing up my head?
A: Swing left means no more than swing back up the plane after impact. Some teachers see the swing as being on an inclined plane, others see it as an arc on the ground. The latter group tend to talk about swinging left after impact. For some this is a wonderful thought unless you start pulling and cutting the ball, then it has outlived its usefulness. Hope this helps.