The over the top swing is the number one cause of a slice.
When this happens the player tends to reach the top of the backswing and then their upper body becomes too active, their right shoulder initiates the rotation in the downswing and the club is sent outside the ball-to-target line.
From here, all you can do is cut across the ball through impact producing that weak left-to-right ball flight.
This also explains why slices and pulls are linked as if the clubface is square to the path, you’ll hit a pull where the ball starts left and stays there.
If you wonder why do you pull iron shots – this explains it! You’re producing an over the top swing.
About Bob Usher
Bob Usher is Director of Instruction at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, Florida.
He was introduced to the game at an early age by his father who was a PGA Professional.
Since being hired at Grey Oaks, Bob has earned a Level 3 Certification in Golf Mechanics and Junior Development with (TPI) The Titleist Performance Institute. Bob believes there is not one golf swing, there is an infinite number of ways to swing a golf club.
Bob says; “we have to find the best way for each individual based on their physical abilities.”