Swinging Harder Won't Cure Your Slice!

Jul 1, 2012   //   by Matt Gawley   //   Golf  //  No Comments

Being a PGA of Canada golf instructor for the last 9 years, I have seen many golf swings and have heard many comments.  One of my favorites is,

“For some reason, when I swing really hard at the golf ball, it always goes slicing off into the bush!  But I swing slow, it goes a lot straighter.”

Well, here’s the quick and dirty why.  As much as you want to believe it’s the golf club preventing you from hitting it straight, you’re wrong.  Working at the big box retail store, I heard that one quite a bit too.

“I need an extra stiff shaft because I swing it hard.  I can drive it 543 yards on the fly!”


When asked what their ball speed is, the answer was always a shrug of the shoulders.  Well Superman, you’re hitting it crooked because your club path is incorrect.  More than likely an over-the-top wipe is occurring for a big slice to happen.

If we look at the ball flight laws here on the right, the most common flight I see is number 3, the Pull Slice.  For right handed golfers, when your club travels on path from right to left with an open club face, you’re going to a slice.  And the harder you swing, the more pronounced your swing flaw is going to be.

To cure this swing flaw, you need create the feeling of “swinging out.”  Take aim at your target and feel like you want to hit the ball 20 yards right of your target.  You’re also going to want to turn your hands over though impact to help square the club face through the hit zone.  By “swinging out” it should help promote a straighter club path to the ball.  If you begin hitting straight pushes, then you’ve started to over compensate and now you’re swinging too much out to the right.

Stay tuned, as I’m going to begin posting video golf tips to help improve your game.

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The Importance of Finding a Golf Professional for Club Fitting

May 22, 2012   //   by Matt Gawley   //   Golf  //  No Comments

Being a Golf Professional at the Royal Mayfair, I see many of our members and their guests show up with brand new clubs.  Sometimes it’s new equipment purchased from us; sometimes not from us.  I typically know when a member didn’t buy from us.  When I approach these members on their offsite purchases, I get the standard answers, “I got a really good deal on them,” or “they have a way better selection.”  These are both valid points for purchasing offsite and I don’t blame them.  But are they purchasing the right product?  If the main reason they bought a driver is the price, I would like to ask them these two questions.  “Did you actually get to try it out before you bought it and did someone fit you for the driver?”  Chances are they hit it indoors and they had a kid fresh out of high school fit them for it and it probably isn’t the right driver.  So now they’ve purchased a driver for a good price and they’re ready to take it out for a round on the golf course.  They get to the first tee and the first swing with the new club is a grounder to first.  They shake it off and blame it on a lack of a warm up.  They get to the third hole, they’re warmed up, feeling good about their game so far.  They peg it up with their new driver and hit a weak slice that doesn’t go anywhere.  They start thinking to themselves, “this great deal I just got isn’t really a deal after all because I bought a club that doesn’t work.”  They think about taking it back to where they bought it, but realize that it’s now used and there’s no chance they’ll get a refund.

What they should have done…  They should have seen their local golf professional at their local golf club.  The local golf professional is much more educated then the kid offsite.  The golf professional has gone to school, apprenticed under golf professionals, and maybe even been to a club manufacturer for professional club fitting.  Chances are, the kid offsite hasn’t.  The golf professional knows what to look for when fitting for drivers or irons.  Is the ball flight right?  Are the spin rates good?  Is the launch angle optimal?  How’s the ball they’re using?  These are just some of the things a golf professional is looking for when fitting for clubs.  And they can do it really well outdoors!!

Now the bargain hunter has to buy another driver because his bargain isn’t working.  They should have just bought from their local golf shop in the first place.  More than likely, they will have their professionally fitted driver for a few years instead of replacing their bargain every year.  In the end, they’re going to spend more on ‘bargains’ then they will on one professionally fitted driver.

Another benefit to buying from your local golf shop is that it helps support your club.  Your purchases at the club go back into your club!  Not into the pockets of Corporate America!  Maybe your purchases keep dues down year after year; or maybe it keeps a golf professional employed longer through the season; or maybe it gets you a fancy iPhone App for your club.  Every single member or guest purchase goes back into the club.

So to the members that support their clubs, CONGRATULATIONS!!  Keep it up.  To those that don’t, stop and think why you’re going offsite to make your purchase.

Although my first blog post sounds like a rant, I promise to write more about golf in future posts.

Matt Gawley

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