Slice No More

Land in the fairway every time

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Avoid The Chicken Wing

We cover the chicken wing a lot in Golf Tips. And in case you're wondering why, it's because we instructors see a lot of them, especially with those who slice the golf ball. Just look at the clubface in the above photo. It's wide open, facing to the right! Now, to stop the chicken wing, and to let the hands roll over through the hit, try using a credit card as I'm doing here. Slide it just below your left underarm and practice swinging without dropping it. This will force you to roll your hands and not lift your left elbow up and out of the proper position.

Split Your Hands

I love this drill for eliminating the slice. It's also super simple. Just grab your driver as you normally would with your left hand, and with your right hand, grip all the way down past the grip and directly onto the golf shaft. Now, go ahead and make a few three-quarter swings. As you do this, because of the separation you have between your hands, you'll really feel the clubhead turning over as you move your way through the downswing. This drill will effectively do its job of activating your hands so they release more effectively and help prevent hitting the ball with an open face.

Practice this drill often, and watch that slice start to disappear.

Also, as a bonus, this is a great drill for just about every club in the bag. Try it with your irons and wedges. It's a great way to get loose before a round.

Face Down!

Getting rid of a slice sometimes requires you to not only think about the right positions of the body before you hit the ball, but also be aware of where you end up after you make contact. I like to encourage my students to imagine where the clubhead is after they make contact. And in this case, to really reduce or eliminate a slice, the clubface should be facing down toward the ground. In the photo on the opposite page, you can see I've done just that, with the clubface facing the ground. This is a great indicator of the proper hand rotation as well as body rotation through the shot.

The next time you find yourself struggling with a slice, concentrate on where the clubhead is after impact, not before impact. This will help you swing more freely and keep your hands rotating all the way through the shot. In the photo, notice the extension of my arms through the shot, and how they're positioned directly in front of my chest. The more you can keep your arms and the club in front of your chest, the easier it is to rotate the hands and clubface and put an end to slicing the golf ball. Also if you can point the clubhead down after impact, as demonstrated here, you'll put an end to sliced shots.

Follow these easy tips for curing a slice and I'll bet, in no time, you'll start hitting straighter and longer shots!

Longtime Golf Tips contributor Barry Goldstein is regarded as one of the country's leading golf instructors. He currently teaches at Inverrary CC in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as well as the Maine Golf & Tennis Academy in Belgrade, Maine. For more information, email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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