TYSON WHITNEY PHOTO Welcome to the first edition of Tara’s Tee Box! Seven Hills Golf and Country Club’s new golf professional Tara Roden will be writing golf tips columns exclusively for the North Island Gazette.

Tara’s Tee Box: How to stop slicing the golf ball

“The simplest way to correct A SLICE is to understand how to swing in balance from start to finish.”

I am often asked how to stop slicing the golf ball (when the ball curves in the air and ends up in the bushes). What is a slice? It’s when the club head hits the ball with either a clubface going in the direction where the ball finishes (open) or the golf club travels down the target line (path) from outside direction to the inside of the target line (path).

The simplest way to correct a slice is to understand how to swing in balance from start to finish. This helps the club to travel the inside of the target line (path) to the target during impact.

Some variables that effect our direction are some of the most important swing fundamentals in the set up and finish position.

1) Balance

2) Tension Level

3) Hand position

4) Alignment

So why can you hit it straight with all your other golf clubs and not the driver?

Do you swing too hard or fall off balance when you finish your swing?

Is your tension level high? Our instincts kick in when we tee off with the longest club in your golf bag. We try to hit harder, because we know it is suppose to go farther.

By design, the driver is going to hit the ball farther because the shaft is longer. If you swing the same way with every golf club, in balance and to the target, you will become more successful at playing golf without losing so many golf balls. Practice hitting your pitching wedge for 10 balls, then a seven iron with 10 balls and pay attention to your balanced swing and tension level. If you can swing the same way, good pace in balance with the woods, you will find your results will not only become more consistant, but they will also straighten out.

Tara Roden has been a golf professional for 28 years and is now working at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club.

Just Posted

World Class Hiking Trail For The North Island?

The idea is getting some serious attention.

Provincial grants help communities map, meet housing needs

The next intake for funding is open until Nov. 29, 2019.

North Island Rising: Can the future of the North Island be managed?

Can growth be managed and if so, is now the time to start figuring things out?

Less than a month to go until the Mount Waddington Fall Fair!

The committee is hoping for a record number of exhibits this year

Port McNeill CCCU presents cheque to Port McNeill Hospital Society executive

The cheque was from the June 21 fundraiser BBQ that Ward and her Grandmother Lou organized together

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Most Read