Symptom: Try as you might, you just can’t stop slicing. 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.
But you never solve a thing by not doing it. You make progress when you adopt other behaviors instead. In this case, you stop slicing by hitting a draw. Believe me, if you have never hit a draw, you don’t yet understand how to swing a golf club correctly.
Simply 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.
The other valuable thing about this thought process is that each and every day you show up to the golf course, or the driving range, with a little different swing.
You might be a bit more loose one day, a bit stronger the next, or whatever. But the flight of the golf ball does not lie. If you are not hitting a draw when you want to, your swing path is not what you think.
The Great Gary Player Shows Us How to Stop Slicing
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. The motion is not natural for most people.
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. It is a very good investment of your time and energy to get to this point with your swing.
Crank up the Draw Juice 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. And then you can work on the finer points of your swing, knowing you have a basically correct swing path.
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