by Lucas Cohen, PGA Professional
Sometimes in order to correct your swing flaw you may have to do the exact opposite of what you may think is the cure. For example opening the face at address to cure your slice (instead of closing it).
One of the most common things that golfers fight is slicing the ball. The more they aim to the left (for a right handed golfer), the more the ball seems to curve to the right. This is because at impact, "the moment of truth" your clubface is open to the target line. This creates a glancing blow that causes the weak sidespin shot instead of smashing through the ball.
In order to fix this glancing blow and create a powerful release of the club head through the ball, I suggest opening the clubface a few degrees from the address position.
You know that the ball will go to the right if you leave the clubface open at impact. Setting up with an open clubface forces you to release the club through the ball. This is what compresses the ball to the face of the club and makes you feel like you hit a marshmallow rather than a 80-100+ compression golf ball. In your subconscious you know it is essential to release the face through the ball at impact or the ball will definitely go to the right.
I know it may sound crazy, but just give it a try. You may surprise yourself and start to feel the way the hands, arms and wrists should work together. Rolling over through impact and releasing the clubface through the ball, this is how you will gain distance and maybe even draw the ball. In order to get better, you must make changes and sometimes a opposite of what you might think drill may be the key to "turning on the light" for a new muscle memory feeling.
About the Author: Lucas Cohen is a certified PGA Professional and Director of Instruction at the Start to Finish Golf Academy. You can visit him at www.starttofinishgolf.com or call him at (954) 562-6881