Fight the Right
How To Draw Your Slice & Start Hitting More Fairways
Flatten Your Wrist At The Top
To fight a hook, Ben Hogan used to cup his left wrist at the top of the swing. What that meant was, he would create an angle between the back of his left hand and left forearm. Now, since we want to do the opposite of Mr. Hogan and try and draw the ball, it’s critical that the left wrist (right wrist for southpaws) remain flat in order to avoid rotating the clubface too far open at the top of the backswing. With the left wrist flat, the clubface will remain square or closed at the top of the swing, helping to prevent an open face at impact that would then send the ball veering off to the right. Keep a flat left wrist, and don’t forget to periodically check in front of a mirror to make sure you’re in the right position.
Not only should the back of the gloved hand be flat with the forearm, both hands should reside right above the back shoulder at the top, like you see here. This will help you make a swing from the inside out with a square clubface at impact.
I’m willing to bet if you’re a slicer, you probably don’t rotate your hands properly during the downswing. Also, you may not realize that the way to a square clubface at impact is to continually close the clubface through the downswing. If you stop closing the face and start sliding, the face will open, causing—you guessed it—a sliced shot. To get your hands moving, here’s a simple drill to encourage more rotational movement with the hands. Start with the left hand, as I’m doing here. As you make your backswing, rotate the hand in slow motion until the left thumb points up on the backswing. Then as you begin the downswing, allow your hand to roll open, with the thumb pointing straight out in front of you as your hand crosses your sternum. Through the finish, the left hand should open completely. Make the same motion with your right hand as well, and concentrate on rolling the hands as opposed to sliding the hands as many slicers do. This drill will help you ingrain the proper hand rotation necessary to close the face through impact.
Keep Your Head Behind The Golf Ball
One of the biggest myths in golf instruction is the one about keeping the head still during the golf swing. If you do that, odds are you won’t be able to transition your weight toward your back foot on the
backswing, invariably leading to a reverse pivot or some other slice-inducing move. Instead, allow the head to shift back as the body shifts its weight on the backswing. On the downswing, allow the head to move forward, but not too far that the head gets out in front of the golf ball. If the head leads too much, the body will follow and the hands will have no chance of catching up! The result? Usually a nasty slice. Keep the head behind the ball throughout the swing, and you’ll be more likely to swing from the inside and avoid hitting a slice.
Notice how in both scenarios, my hand is fully rotated and my arms are extended? That’s important! My extended arms mean the hands can freely rotate, while my body stays behind the ball.