If you are a chronic slicer, you will likely find that your right elbow flares out, away from your body during your backswing. This forces the club high and away from you, and causes you to pull it back across the ideal swing path during your downswing. This movement will impart left to right spin on the ball, while the excessively steep downswing will send the ball much higher than you want it, resulting in a loss of both control and distance.
During your backswing, try to keep your right elbow as close to your body as possible. Though it may initially feel uncomfortable, it will force you to keep your club on a better swing path throughout the backswing, allowing you to swing straight through the line of the ball on your downswing and follow through. Golf Slice Towel Drill: Hold a towel between your right elbow and body throughout your swing. This will force you to keep your elbow in throughout your swing. I remember feeling like my head was going to explode after hitting what felt like a perfect drive… then watching it slowly slide out-of-bounds.
That all changed when I discovered this simple anti-slice drill and started smashing my drives! Transferring your weight during a golf swing is a relatively simple concept, yet many players are not doing it correctly.
On the most basic level, your weight should move more towards your back foot as you swing back, then return towards your front foot as you begin your downswing and hit the ball. A common mistake amateur golfers make is to transfer their weight onto their back foot during the backswing, and leave it there through the downswing and follow-through. Leaving your weight on your back foot causes you to open your club face, and swing outside the line of the ball.
This often occurs with players who are also not properly releasing the club see Step 7. The perfect recipe for a big slice. Learn how to properly transfer your weight during your golf swing. A simple way to practice this is to place something next to your front foot, and touching your left thigh during your set up. This can be a golf bag, or any object which will stand up straight and reach your thigh. As you swing back, your thigh will move away from this object slightly, indicating the transfer of weight towards your back foot.
As you begin your downswing, if you properly transfer your weight your thigh will again come into contact with the object. If you leave your weight on your back foot, your thigh will stay separated from the object, and you will likely see your ball swinging out to the right with a big slice. Releasing your club is often the final step in fixing your slice.
This can not only cause the ball to spray out to the right, but also contributes to the left to right spin which creates a slice. There is only a split second between timely forearm release — and a straight drive — and a forearm release which comes too late, which means developing a proper release can take some practice. A great drill to practice releasing the club happens to be a pretty enjoyable one: Take an old club to a wide open space, preferably with no people around.
Imitate your normal swing, however as you feel your right hand and forearm rotate over the left, let go of the club completely. Most likely, you will end up releasing it way up in the air and to the left, maybe even over your left shoulder. This is because your release occurred too late. The idea is to throw the club in the direction of your target, while maintaining an actual golf swing. When you can do this, do it again. Then do it again, and again, and again, until it feels natural.
For most chronic slicers, a number of these problems will be applicable. Fortunately, many of them are interrelated, meaning if you focus on solving one, others will naturally follow. Many professionals often play a fade. You simply need to reduce the amount of movement on your ball enough that you can justify calling your shot a fade, rather than a slice. From there, you can work on developing a draw. These changes may feel strange at first… stick with them! How to Learn Golf.
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