Symptom: Try as you might, you just can’t shake your slice. Especially, if your “no slice” swing evolves into a timid, three-quarter swing “just to get it into play”.
Then, when you’ve been slice-free for a while, you feel emboldened and take a full swing, only to verify that you are still slicing. You shake your head in disgust and defeat, perhaps utter a few choice swear words, tee up a new ball, and go back to your three-quarter swing for a while…
Description: Rather than try to “stop slicing,” you should “start drawing”. A draw is not a slice, and a draw that doesn’t quite work will still be a straight shot. Either way you have stopped slicing!
Why it Works: Many Occasional Golfers suffer from a slice. There is a small industry built around curing the slice. It’s obviously a big problem for everybody, especially for the high handicapper.
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Be Affirmative – Do Hit a Draw
Rather than try to “stop slicing”, it can be more effective to learn how to hit a draw. One very important reason this works is because “start drawing” is a positive thought –rather than “stopping” something you are “starting” something new. And that is always more fun. And more effective.
Obviously, if you can hit a draw, you are not hitting a slice. And so you have “cured” the slice! Or, as sometimes happens, trying to hit a draw when you are slicing will straighten out your shot. Which is also a good result for you — far better than tromping off into the woods or the swamp looking for lost golf balls.
Gary Player Shows Us How
This is exactly what happened to Gary Player in this entertaining video. After much discussion of how he planned to hit a draw with his three wood by taking a flatter backswing plane, he ended up hitting it perfectly straight. But that’s OK, the point was that he did not want to slice into the water on the right. This is the common situation we all face on the course. Trouble on the right that you want to avoid. You avoid it by doing something positive – hitting a draw.
Have a look:
To hit a draw, and not hit a slice, it is really very simple (no, really, it is!) — as Gary describes in the video, you must take an inside path on the downswing, and impart counter-clockwise spin to your golf ball (for a right handed player). The problem is that this simple bit of physics is very hard to understand and visualize when you are alone on the range, or during a round of golf. Fortunately, there are two very effective drills for ingraining this feeling: the Four O’Clock Aim Point drill and the Two Ball Drill. Tee up the ball, and use these drills alone or together, until your slice goes away and you see that coveted draw.
If you still can’t quite get it because of other swing flaws, then then do these two drills with the no-backswing golf swing until you get the hang of it.
Go Until You Hook, Then Back Off
I recommend that you work on this until you can actually hit a hook, just to get the feel of what a true inside path swing is like. If you are a slicer right now, then believe me, it will feel awkward when you finally do hit that first hook. Then, of course back off the hook swing until you have a picturesque draw that you and all your buddies can admire.
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