Outdraw The (Slice) Outlaw

Draw your driver, and never slice again!

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The more important part of this drill is to make sure the club is swinging under the shaft on the downswing. If you come over the top, you’ll hit the stick. Make sure you let your arms and club drop to the inside as you start your downswing, and you’ll swing from the inside, and the stick will be unharmed.

You might start this drill at half speed to get the feel of where the club should go and then increase the speed of the swing as you become more comfortable.

A great way to feel the proper rotation of the arms is to swing without a club, to feel like you’re making a level swing back and through. When you swing like this, you should feel as though your arms will naturally want to rotate, much like a tennis player putting topspin on a shot. Do this a few times, then grab a club and repeat that feeling. Finally, bow forward into your golf posture and make some swings, feeling the same rotation. Tee up a ball and give it a go. It should be pretty easy to turn it over. Now the trick is to get that same feeling when the ball is on the ground.

Many golfers have been taught to swing “up the line” and “finish high.” Doing so, unfortunately, doesn’t allow you to release the club through impact. As you can see in the photo above, I’ve chased the ball “up the line” into a high finish. I haven’t let my arms and body rotate or turn through the shot. This leads to a fade or block.

Swinging up the line leads to poor rotation, a bad weight shift and a fade or block. My right shoulder points at my target. The club finishes more “around.” 
Notice my right foot? Nearly all my weight has transfered to my left side.
In the photo at right, however, I finish more “around,” which promotes a good turn through the ball and good rotation of the arms (and, therefore, a square clubface at impact).

To find the perfect low finish, make three swings: one so you swing at chest height, one so you swing at knee height, and the last is a normal golf swing. Retain the feeling with all three of these finishing swings, with the club rotating around you, almost like a baseball swing. Then apply that to your normal swing.

Get Aligned!

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Steve Dahlby, PGA, is the director of instruction at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz. He’s also the lead instructor of swingmentors.com and can be found at The Golf Club Scottsdale and McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale during the winter months. Steve has worked with numerous players on the PGA and LPGA Tours.


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