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Your 5-Minute Slice Fix

My new drill will re-route your swing and get you hitting draws. We proved it with 60 slicers

mars 2012

There's one simple fact about shot shape: On the road you take to playing good golf, nowhere is there a slice. You can go from hooking to good golf, but if you don't learn how to stop hitting shots with an open clubface, you won't get very far.

The unfortunate reality is that a large majority of players--maybe 90 percent--struggle with a slice. They don't have a good grip, they make a steep swing into the ball, and they don't understand how the hands work in a good release. Those things combine to produce high, weak shots to the right.

One teaching strategy that has always worked for me is to figure out a student's major flaw and devise a plan for practicing the opposite of that flaw. Exaggerate the fix as much as possible; really feel the change. That's how my new slice drill was born. Slicers everywhere need an easy way to feel the correct path and plane. My three-step drill will get you feeling a radically different swing shape, starting by tracing backward circles in the air. (I'll explain.)

After five minutes practicing the three steps (first we'll check your grip and driver specs), you'll be finding the left side of the fairway. It works every time.

Hank Haney


Before you make your first practice swing, you need to evaluate your equipment. Almost all slicers use a driver with too little loft, because they're reacting to their high, weak ball flight. The new adjustable drivers let you increase the loft and move weight to the clubhead's heel. Instead of swinging a 9-degree driver and making it 10 or 11 degrees because you hold it open through impact, you want more loft so you can release your hands and turn a 10.5 driver into a 9.

Hank Haney


Two grip mistakes make a slice almost inevitable. Many players use a grip that's too weak--with the thumbs pointing straight down the handle. Make your grip stronger (right), so your hands are turned away from the target and your palms are parallel with each other. If you drew lines up from the base of your thumbs, they should hit the point of your collar on the right side of your shirt. Also, gripping too tight keeps the hands from releasing through impact. Take a soft grip.

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