3 Faults To Fix + 3 To Leave Alone\u000AYOU\u0027RE CUTTING ACROSS THE BALL\u000A\u000A Golfers who fight a slice tend to twist their bodies to the left before they start back. That open position abbreviates the backswing turn, which gives the upper body a head start on the downswing. When the shoulders rotate open too fast coming down, the club moves out and away from the body, and that sets up an out-to-in swing (see photo). Result: pulls and slices.\u000A\u000A Here\u0027s a drill for fixing that. Tee up a ball, and take your normal setup with a driver. Then pull your right foot away from the target line about 12 inches so your stance line is aimed right of the target. Hit some balls, focusing on swinging your arms past your body through impact. The closed stance blocks your upper body from turning through, so the club drops onto an inside path to impact. Bye-bye, slice.\u000AYOUR BACKSWING IS SHORT\u000A\u000A Don\u0027t be obsessed with swinging the club into a classic parallel-to-the-ground position at the top. A lot of golfers lack the flexibility to get there. Instead, focus on your turn and your rhythm. Stay smooth; don\u0027t feel like you have to jump at the ball on the downswing just because your swing is shorter. Let your speed build. You\u0027ll have plenty of time to hit it hard.\u000A\u000A As for your turn, focus on keeping your arms wide as you swing back. That will pull your shoulders into the biggest turn you can make. Maintaining a wide swing arc is more important than how far back the club goes. A short backswing with no turn won\u0027t work, but if you keep your arms wide and stay smooth, there\u0027s no reason you can\u0027t pound it.\u000AYOU\u0027RE FALLING BACK AT IMPACT\u000A\u000A On iron shots, the instinct to help the ball into the air is very common. When you do that, you\u0027ll tend to hit the ball fat or catch it on the upswing and get it thin. The reason is, you\u0027re hitting off your back foot (see photo) instead of shifting your weight toward the target as you swing down.\u000A\u000A You have to understand that if you hit down at impact, the loft on the clubface will put the ball in the air. To learn how this works, focus on one of my favorite principles: Your weight should always move in the direction of the swing. When the club goes back, your weight goes back. When the club goes through, your weight goes through. As long as you keep moving toward the target, you\u0027ll hit down on the ball and send it up.\u000AYOU\u0027VE GOT A WEAK GRIP\u000A\u000A Changing your grip is one of the hardest things to do. It takes a ton of time to get comfortable, and it\u0027s tough to commit to a grip change when you play. So if you have a weak grip—with your hands more on top of the grip than turned away from the target—leave it alone. Provided you allow for it, you can play well with a weak grip.\u000A\u000A The problem is, your shots probably curve to the right because you\u0027re not squaring up the clubface at impact. But there\u0027s nothing wrong with an open face, as long as you make room for the ball to go right. You need to shift your alignment to the left. Keep the lines of your feet, hips and shoulders parallel to each other and just shift them so they\u0027re aimed well left of the target. Then swing in the same direction your body is aligned. The ball should start left and fade to the target.\u000A\u000A REPLACE YOUR LONG IRONS\u000A\u000A You\u0027ve heard this one before. But I\u0027m going to keep saying it until I don\u0027t see any 3- and 4-irons in average players\u0027 bags. Hybrids are so much easier to hit solid and up in the air, it\u0027s crazy to keep struggling with long irons. Need another reason? Hybrids are great utility clubs to hit from different lies—rough, fairway bunkers, thin lies. There, that\u0027s the last time I\u0027ll say it. Until I see another 3-iron.\u000AYOU\u0027RE RUSHING DOWN FROM THE TOP\u000A\u000A This is a big one for power-hungry golfers. They might make a nice swing off the ball, but they start the downswing with a violent move of the hands (see photo). They \u0022throw\u0022 the club at the ball instead of letting their speed build as the body unwinds coming down. If you\u0027re a thrower, you release your wrists early and end up wasting speed too soon.\u000A\u000A To increase your power, try to swing your arms faster from the top all the way to the finish. That\u0027s a big difference from hitting with your hands. I\u0027ll never say you can swing slower and hit the ball farther—that\u0027s just not true. But arm speed, not quick hands, is the right way to move the club faster. Plus, you\u0027ll keep some stored power in your wrists for a burst of speed at the ball.\u000AYOU DON\u0027T TAKE A DIVOT\u000A\u000A If you tend to pick the ball off the turf but you\u0027re hitting solid shots, stop thinking you need to take a big, honking divot. Sure, we see tour players ripping chunks out of the ground, but there are tons of examples of pros who don\u0027t take much divot at all. The big issue is, changing your swing path and your angle of attack is an overhaul—and you probably don\u0027t need it.\u000A\u000A One tweak you can make to prevent contact that\u0027s too thin is to move the ball back in your stance. I don\u0027t mean a lot: about the width of one ball. That\u0027ll get your chest more over the ball as you swing down so you hit it less on the bottom of the clubface and more in the center. But remember, you\u0027ll take a little thin over a little fat all day long.