Originally Posted by Dakota rube
Check your grip. Also, search here. There have been many tips posted on SF on this subject.
+100 - Most people don't really understand grip. I went to Golf School a few years back and learned the most interesting thing about Golf and Physics. The first 2/3 of the balls flight is dictated by swing path and the last 1/3 is dictated by grip. Basically the first 2/3 of the ball flight is when the ball is traveling fastest where the spin of the ball is less affected by wind, as the ball slows down the wind and side spin make the ball curve. Similarly to a baseball pitch, fastballs are over 90 mph where curve balls are less than 80. 9 golf shots can be attained from 3 swing paths and 3 grips. I witnessed the teaching Pro hit all nine shapes of shots by changing the grip and swing path each time. So, if you are push/slicing, you are swinging in to out with a weak
grip. If you are pull hooking, you are swinging out to in with a strong
grip. Most common in beginners, is an over the top pull slice with a weak
grip. Flatter swings are more in to out (good) where more over the top swings are caused by being too steep usually due to lifting the club. Have a good golfer, that understands grip and swing plane or a pro, check your swing plane and grip. Sometimes it is a very easy fix. Lay a club on the ground to align you feet which should point toward your target. We layed 3 clubs down at golf school, one at the feet and two creating a slot 3" on each side of the ball, all parallel to each other. The school emphasized three main topics, GPA - Grip, posture (leading to a good swing path), and alignment. I really learned a lot even after having played for 20 years and as a single digit handicap.