Hitting the Ball off the Heel with Your Driver
Do you hit your driver off the heel? The heel hits will cause distance loss and the slice with your driver.
But what causes heel hits?
The reason why you hit your driver off the heel may be the outside-in swing or coming over the top.
When you come over the top, this will push your driver head away from your body causing the heel hits.
At the same time, the over the top move will cause you to add slice spin on the ball.
So players usually try to pull it left in order to avoid right side with a big slice.
Teachers say You should Swing from Inside, but...
Golf teachers might tell you to swing from inside to fix your heel hits. But if you can do this easily, you wouldn't suffer from a big slice.
The reason why slicers can't swing from the inside is that this will cause them to hit even bigger slices.
Slicers try to swing from outside and pull the ball left in order to avoid the clubface from opening through impact.
That's why swinging from the inside wouldn't work so well for slicers.
Change Your Grip at the Same Time
So you need to swing from inside to avoid heel hits, but at the same time, you have to do something to keep the clubface from opening through impact.
So I want you to change your grip first and then try to swing from the inside.
Rotate your left hand grip to the right until you see 3 or 3 1/2 knuckles of your left hand. Rotate your right hand to the right as well to match your left hand.
Flatten Your Golf Swing
To fix your heel hits, you need to change your swing plane.
I want you to flatten your golf swing to fix your heel hits.
To do this, try the following.
1) Without the ball, take a practice swing
2) During your whole swing, don't raise your hands higher than your shoulders
You might feel awkward at first, but this is the feeling of a flat golf swing.
If you can keep your hands below your shoulders throughout the swing, you will probably hit a hook or a draw. (You need the correct grip, though.)
This flat swing will make you hit the ball more on the sweet spot or even off the toe of the driver face.
After taking some practice swings like above, try hitting the ball. You don't have to swing hard at all. I want you to swing easy. Remember not to raise your hands higher than your shoulders.
Hover the Driver Head above the Ground
If you tee the ball up real high when hitting your driver, it could be causing you the heel hits as well.
If you tee it up high, you need to raise your driver head above the ground to hit it on the sweet spot because if you just return your clubhaed to the address position, you will pop the ball up.
But if you raise your driver head off the ground too much, the clubhead will move further away from your body causing you to hit it off the heel.
To avoid this, hover the driver head above the ground just behind the ball at address.
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