Nothing is more frustrating for a golfer than stepping up to the tee and hitting a drive, only to see it slice off into the rough or the woods. It’s also a very common problem for average golfers; 70 percent of respondents to a Golf.com poll said that slicing the ball was the biggest problem with their game. One shortcut to spending hours at the range tweaking your swing is to use a draw driver that is designed to counter any slice action in your swing or to produce a desirable draw shot.
Causes of Slices
Not having the clubface square to the target at impact will cause the ball to veer off course. For many golfers, their natural action causes them to leave the face of their driver open at impact. One cause of this is when a golf swing is too inside out, meaning it is too vertical on the backswing. This can happen because your golf swing is on the wrong plane or because you bring your hands to a square position at impact.
Most drivers have a square face, meaning that the face of the club is designed to point directly at the target when the driver is gripped properly. Using a driver with a slightly closed clubface can help golfers who have trouble getting their club square at impact because of issues with their swing. Some drivers have adjustable clubfaces that provide golfers with a high degree of options. Along with being able to set the clubface in an open, neutral or closed position for each shot, adjustable clubfaces also allow golfers to control the loft and lie angle of face.
If the toe of a driver doesn’t rotate quickly enough, you won’t be able to close the clubface in time and you’ll likely see the ball slice away. Some golf clubs counter this by placing additional weight in the heel of the driver. This makes the toe lighter than the heel, theoretically making it easier for the toe to rotate during the swing and come into either a neutral or draw position.
The hosel is the part of the club that connects the shaft to the clubface. The placement of the hosel in relation to the clubhead can impact the center of gravity of the club and the natural action of shots hit with it. Certain draw drivers are designed with the hosel moved to the front of the clubhead. This is meant to encourage the clubhead to stay behind the hands through impact and give the player slightly more time to bring the clubface closed on impact.
Richard Manfredi has more than a decade of professional writing experience, both in the media and at a corporate level. Since 2003, he has worked in the public relations industry, creating and executing campaigns for technology and entertainment companies. Manfredi is also a journalist who has worked for the "Orange County Register," as well as several online publications.