During my early years of golf, I played with a terrible slice. I would aim left of the fairway into the woods with the hope that my ball would shape back into the middle of the short grass. At that time, I adjusted my aim instead of taking the time to fix my terrible flight path. The worst part of my dilemma was I thought that aiming way left was the best way for play golf and as you can imagine, it only compounded my woes. Fast forward many years and I do not slice the ball very often (rarely in fact), but my path to where I currently play was painful and frustrating. I wish I had found Rick Sheils fix 30 years ago!
I was definitely an over the top players. My swing path was out to in and I tried all kinds of quick fixes to counter this movement. I tried closing my club face, changing my grip, my ball position and my stance just to name a few. It never really occurred to me to change my swing path. To be fair, 30+ years ago, I did not have access to so much information about the golf swing, nor did I have the money for a lesson. So, I employed the hunt and peck method for about 10 years until I stumbled across the idea to fix my swing plane. If I had found the following video earlier, who knows where my game would today.
I feel that my swing path is better, but will always need a bit of reinforcement to keep it on track. The funny thing about my swing, when I try to step up a gear and hit the ball harder, my habit of over the top comes back. The results are never what I want. I guess old habits die hard.
Watching the video now, it makes perfect sense. As a matter of fact, next time I hit the range, I am going to use this simple, easy and repeatable drill in order to cement my swing movements. I think one part of the video where Shiels could expand more is the transition portion. I do not think that we need to move the club head into a slow, but just let the swing naturally fall into position. Personally, my right elbow is the key; by ensuring it is tucked into my side, my club falls into the proper position for an in to out swing plane. Regardless of how you actually perform the mechanics, I think you get the gist of how to fix a slice.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!