Cure Your Slice

How to fix your slice for good by learning to hit a draw

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Point the shaft to the right. Now that you've learned to close the clubface continuously and how straight shots can come from a slightly open face, you need to take that hook and turn it into a draw. The simplest swing thought you can have is to try to point the shaft to the right of the target in your followthrough. This will help you swing more from inside the target line to outside the target line, further enhancing the effects of a right-to-left ball spin. Notice that, as I emulate this position, I haven't neglected the importance of rotating my body to the left as well as shifting my weight onto my forward leg. These two things help me to swing from inside-out, again, a critical move if you want to get rid of pull slices (and pull hooks) and start hitting straighter, or more drawing golf shots.

Don't neglect a solid stance. When I teach, I try to make the golf swing as simple as I can so that all golfers can become better players. When it comes to having a good stance, it's something anyone can do, and it sets the stage for the right sequence of motions to take place. Stand so your arms hang naturally below your chin, your knees are flexed, and your back is straight, but not overly rigid. Some golfers like to hover the clubhead over the ground, as I'm doing here, which makes starting the swing an easy task.

Impact vs. setup. If you're trying to return to your setup position at impact, you first need to realize the similarities and differences in the two positions. As for similarities, my spine angle, head position and plane are the same. But the rest of my body is drastically different. At impact, my hips and shoulders have opened, my hands are ahead of the ball, and my left foot is raised to indicate most of my weight is on my forward leg. Remember what should be similar, and what should be different. That's key here.

Today's adjustable driver heads are the real deal, and with a few clicks of a wrench, you can close the clubface. This makes it even easier to eliminate a slice.

Better rotation will lead to a better extension. Finally, if you follow my keys for fixing your slice, the last element you should work on is your ability to extend through the hitting area. By properly releasing the club, you'll find that your body is in a more rotated position, making it easier to extend your arms, as I'm doing here. If you release too soon, the chances of your followthrough collapsing are greater than if you rotate the club and body more effectively. By keeping your arms in front of your chest, extending the arms is a piece of cake.

Now, get out there and try these tips, in the order in which I presented them. Your slice won't disappear instantly, but it will diminish the more you practice and stay determined!

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