The Road to 90 6

True to my handle, I figured I better post an update on “The Road to 90″.

I’ve played a handful of times this year, although once was a 9 hole scramble. Most of my rounds have been at my home course.

My rounds have been consistent. Consistent in their inconsistency, that is. Drives have been hooked, sliced and occasionally actually drilled down the center of the fairway. Although, if I’m being honest, the slices are happening less frequently and are less extreme.

I’ve tried a few things to fix my years-long slice off the tee box:

  1. Teeing the ball up further back in my stance. This feels really weird. REALLY weird. But it has worked really well when I remember to do it.
  2. Turning my right wrist in at approach / turning the club face to a more closed position at address. This works at times, but other times I end up hooking the drive. Duck hook bad.
  3. Keeping my right elbow tucked in tight during my back swing. This has worked well.
  4. Swinging slower. This has also worked, when I remember.

So far I’m averaging about 115 for the year, so I’ve got a ways to go on The Road to 90.

6 thoughts on “The Road to 90

  1. Reply TheLongTalk Jul 9, 2013 4:36 pm

    Have you thought about turning your entire body the opposite direction of the slice? So that if you’re hitting the ball to the right instead of to the center, just turn yourself to the left before you tee off.

    That way if you slice it will head down the center anyway and if you don’t… you’ll get to surprise the people on the other holes.

    • Reply TheRoadTo90 Jul 9, 2013 11:56 pm

      Now THAT is a strategy I hadn’t thought of. Every time I have set up slightly left I seem to hit it straight, which makes for more problems.

  2. Reply Original6 Jul 9, 2013 5:01 pm

    I love TLT’s approach to this one! Perhaps you should turn your body as TLT suggested, and purposely try and slice it so that you don’t give anyone an unpleasant surprise.

    Have you tried drinking more alcohol to relax the body?

    • Reply TheRoadTo90 Jul 9, 2013 11:59 pm

      I haven’t tried drinking a bunch. I had a buddy once that played better the more he drank. It does tend to relax the muscles. It’s a fine balance though between relaxed and maintaining your good judgment.

  3. Reply TheLongTalk Jul 10, 2013 4:17 pm

    You’re playing golf, your good judgement has already been lost.

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