Kyle Voska Golf

PGA Certified Teaching Professional shares tips and advice on golf

Stop Your Slice With This Golf Tip: Hit The Inside Quarter Of The Ball

HIT THE INSIDE QUARTER OF THE BALL

One of the simple misconceptions about the game is what part of the golf ball to hit.  Most would answer the back of the ball, and I would say they’re wrong.  To hit the ball properly, you should hit the ball slightly from the inside.

The game of golf, just like baseball and tennis, is a side-sport.  Unlike bowling and tossing a ball underhand, these side-sport games swing around our bodies, not up-and-down.  Due to this fact, the golf swing goes back and up to the inside then returns back down from the inside.  Shortly after impact, the golf club returns back to the inside. Imagine a hula hoop is wrapped around your body on the same plane as the shaft at address.  Can you see how swinging up and down along the hoop would have you coming back down to the ball from the inside?  It’s not drastically from the inside, but it is enough that not doing it properly will cause poor results.  And that’s no fun.

Now, let’s get to the part where we stop that slice.  When you slice the ball, your golf swing is not going up and down along that hula hoop I just spoke about.  It may be going back along the hoop, but on the way down, most likely, the golf club is swinging over/on-top of the hula hoop too much.  This makes the club swing across the line causing left-to-right sidespin on the golf ball.  Another way to say it is you’re hitting the outside of the golf ball with an open face. Hitting the outside of the ball with an open face = slice.  It’s as simple as that.

GOLF TIP

A simple golf tip to fix this problem is to actually try to hit the inside quarter of the golf ball (*hint, hint* – you actually want to hit the inside part of the ball).  If you can hit the inside part of the ball, you’ll have a much better chance to hit the ball straight or even hit the coveted draw.  When you hit the inside part of the ball, you’ll swing down the target longer and, by doing this, you’re in a much better position to release the golf club instead of holding the face open.   Releasing the club properly will allow you to hit the draw.

DRILL

The next time you go to a driving range try this drill.  Take a range ball and place it on a tee.  Turn the ball so the red, green, or black range ball stripe is positioned on the inside of the ball.   Then, hit the stripe trying to send the stripe out to the right.  Yes, I said that.  Try to hit the ball to the right.  The odds are you won’t be able to do this right away, but once you can hit your ball a little right you’re not too far from hitting that draw you’ve dreamed about.  I know, it’s hard because you dread seeing the ball curve off to the right so you can’t fathom trying to hit it there, but this is how to fix that slice.  Swing to the right.  Hit the inside quarter of the ball.  Once you get that down, just roll the club over. Walla! Draw every time. Have fun with it and hopefully your draw will come soon.

Thanks for reading,

Kyle Voska, PGA

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March 14, 2010 - Posted by | Golf Tips, Slicers Corner | , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. I can’t remember where I saw it, but the hula hoop analogy probably helped me more than any other illustration when I was a beginner. It is a perfect way to demonstrate to a new golfer the plane of the golf swing. The example I remember took the analogy a bit further, explaining that you can’t prevent the hula hoop effect. For example, if you take the club back on the outside, you effect a steep tilt on the hula hoop plane and as you hit the ball the path of the club head is now forced to follow an out to in path because of the hula hoop’s arc. Prior to seeing that illustration I could not get my mind around the phrase “coming over the top”.

    Comment by Steve | October 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the comment Steve. It is a good analogy and I really like how you took it a bit further with the tilting of the hula hoop. Very good! Thanks!

      Comment by Kyle Voska | October 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’m amazed I came across this. I discovered this myself after fighting slices all my life. I knew I had to be hitting it on an out to in path, so I practiced aiming for that inside corner and also very consciously turning my wrists over or into it at impact. It really does work. Very well. You get so much more power and good direction.

    Comment by Don | August 5, 2012 | Reply

    • That’s great to hear Don. I’m happy to hear you’re hitting it straighter and farther!

      Comment by Kyle Voska | August 7, 2012 | Reply

  3. Do I Hit The Inside Quarter Of The Ball with middle of the open clubface ?

    Comment by Bruce | November 3, 2013 | Reply

    • Yes, hitting the middle of the clubface is recommended.

      Comment by Kyle Voska | December 12, 2013 | Reply


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