Hi, my name is Joseph Mayo, and I’m in beautiful Tampa, Florida with my teaching partner—long time PGA Tour player Grant Waite. And in this short video clip, we’re going to describe to you what is causing that nasty slice. Now Grant, we’ve all been told that the cause of a slice is an open club face; what would you say to that?
Joe, that’s nowhere near descriptive or inclusive enough for our viewers to understand what causes a slice.
Right, right, right. So Grant, tell us basically—give us a quick rundown—of ball flight and what causes it.
Okay, so we now know that basically where the face is pointed, that is the initial start line of any shot that you hit; and that the path is responsible for the curvature, and that the ball always curves away from the path.
Well Grant, according to what you’re saying—that the ball starts basically where the face is pointed—all of those slicers that come to us, would you say probably 85 or 90 percent start the ball pretty straight, or—for the right-handed golfer—they start the ball slightly to the left of the target before it slice?
I think that’s about the right percentage. So I would say most people who are playing a slice are actually starting the ball in the right spot, which is left of the target.
So that means the club face is not open to the flag, like we’re lead to believe.
Okay, so the bottom line is this: guys, if you’re out there slicing, check where the ball is starting, because it’s critical. And if that ball is starting straight—or even slightly to the left of the flag—then you know your club face is actually pretty good; you’ve got to work on that path.
Yes, and I believe that when Joe and I work with our Tour players—or any player—and they call us to say “hey, I’m slicing” or “I’m hooking the ball” or in this case, we’re slicing the ball, the first question is always “Where did that ball start?”
Absolutely. Stay tuned, we’ll be back shortly; and now we’re going to tell you how to cure that slice.
Grant Waite and Joseph Mayo