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Golf Tips With Mack: Avoid that slice

Most high handicap golfers will "slice" the ball, which means the shot will curve from left to right. (For a right handed golfer). The slice not only makes the ball curve off line but is a weak shot that loses distance. Here are a couple of tips on how to get rid of your slice.

First of all try to strengthen you grip. Now this doesn't mean to hold the club tighter. It simply means to rotate your left hand on the club to the right so that as you look down you can see two or three of the knuckles on your left hand. This will allow you to "release" the club through the shot better.

Also try to "close" your stance by pulling your right foot back in your stance. (Again, for a right handed golfer). This will allow you to swing the club more from the inside of your target line thus decreasing the chance of "cutting across" the ball causing that unwanted side spin that make the ball curve.

The combination of a stronger grip and a closed stance will help most golfers eliminate the big slice to the right.

Mack McCarley is the PGA Golf Professional at the Antelope Hills Golf Course and a member of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.

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