GOLF DIGEST SCHOOLS

Step-by-Step Slice Fix

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Lesson 1: The Setup

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OVERVIEW SWING THOUGHTS

OVERVIEW

Most slices can be traced back to errors at address. As a reaction to seeing shots curve to the right, slicers get into positions in the setup that only increase their chances of cutting across the ball with an open clubface—and that’s slice city! In this video, teacher Jonathan Buchanan shows how slicers can reverse the sequence that causes a slice and hit a draw instead.

SWING THOUGHTS

To combat a slice, grip in the fingers, not the palm, of your top hand
Get off your toes! Set your weight in the middle of each foot
With the driver, play the ball inside your front heel and tilt your spine back
Close your stance to promote an in-to-out swing path
Lesson 2: The Swing
2 Lesson 2: The Swing
  • Last step before starting back
  • How a steady head can cause a slice
  • Keys to an effective backswing
  • Syncing up your downswing

Step-by-Step Slice Fix

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Lesson 2: The Swing

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OVERVIEW SWING THOUGHTS

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With a better handle on the proper setup, slicers can start to focus on a few moves during the swing that can stop the ball from going right. Things like staying relaxed, letting the weight shift naturally and syncing up your arms and body during the swing. Here, Jonathan Buchanan shares his best advice for making an anti-slice swing.

SWING THOUGHTS

Stay in motion over the ball to avoid arm and upper-body tension
To prevent a steep backswing, let your head move with the body turn
Keep the clubface turned downward on the takeaway
For solid impact, let your weight shift naturally during the swing
Lead the downswing with your lower body, keeping the club to the inside
Lesson 3: Anti-Slice Checkpoints
3 Lesson 3: Anti-Slice Checkpoints
  • Fixing the face early, not at impact
  • The master move: a flat lead wrist
  • Shifting forward to hit a draw
  • Learning to swing from the inside

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Lesson 3: Anti-Slice Checkpoints

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OVERVIEW SWING THOUGHTS

OVERVIEW

Another good way to tackle your slice is to focus on checkpoints. Most slicers get into the same faulty positions, like the weight staying back on the downswing or the left wrist being cupped (bent back) at the top. In this video, Jonathan Buchanan shows you where to look and what to look for so you can start straightening out your shots.

SWING THOUGHTS

At hip high in the backswing, the face should be angled down slightly
At the top of the swing, your lead wrist should be flat
As you start down, shift your weight toward the target
Feel your trail arm coming into impact under your lead arm
Keep your hands and wrists passive through the strike
Lesson 4: Drills
4 Lesson 4: Drills
  • Preparing the club for impact
  • Keeping the arms and body connected
  • How to start your downswing
  • Groove the feel of square impact

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Lesson 4: Drills

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You’ve seen all the correct positions; you’ve learned how to use your body and arms; you have a sense for what a good swing should feel like—now it’s time to get to work. Before you try to hit draws on the course, groove your swing with a few drills at the range. In this final video, Jonathan Buchanan shares five drills that will get you trusting your new moves.

DRILLS

Pump Drill

  • Swing the club to the top, start down and stop halfway.
  • Make sure most of your weight has shifted to your front foot and the clubhead has stayed behind your body, not kicked out away from you.
  • The clubface should be toe-up, not face-up.
  • Repeat the downswing pump a few times, then hit the ball.

Stop-and-Go Drill

  • Swing the club to the top and stop.
  • Feel a good body coil, the lead arm well to the inside, and the lead wrist flat.
  • Start the downswing from this paused position by pushing into the ground.
  • Practice several stop-and-go moves to feel a good set at the top.

Punch Drill

  • Hold the club in your lead hand only (left hand for righties).
  • Swing back, focusing on your lower body and core.
  • Don’t pull the club down with your arm; allow the club to swing naturally.
  • Feel the hand turning downward through the bottom of the swing.
  • Start with practice swings, then hit short shots off a tee.

Impact Bag

  • Set up to an impact bag as if it were the ball.
  • Start with your lead arm only. Strike the bag, making sure the shaft hits before the clubhead.
  • Hold your impact position, and check that your lead wrist is flat or slightly bowed.
  • Switch to your trail arm. Strike the bag, making sure your trail wrist remains bent at impact.
  • Finally, grip with both hands. Practice hitting and holding—feel the push into the bag.

Step-by-Step Slice Fix

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Lesson 1: The Setup
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Lesson 2: The Swing
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Lesson 3: Anti-Slice Checkpoints
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Lesson 4: Drills
Step-by-Step Slice Fix INDEX
Lesson 1: The Setup
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Lesson 1: The Setup
  • How to take a slice-proof grip
  • Why ball position is crucial
  • The keys to proper posture
  • Do’s and don’ts of the setup
  • How to take a slice-proof grip
  • Why ball position is crucial
  • The keys to proper posture
  • Do’s and don’ts of the setup
Lesson 2: The Swing
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Lesson 2: The Swing
  • Last step before starting back
  • How a steady head can cause a slice
  • Keys to an effective backswing
  • Syncing up your downswing
  • Last step before starting back
  • How a steady head can cause a slice
  • Keys to an effective backswing
  • Syncing up your downswing
Lesson 3: Anti-Slice Checkpoints
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Lesson 3: Anti-Slice Checkpoints
  • Fixing the face early, not at impact
  • The master move: a flat lead wrist
  • Shifting forward to hit a draw
  • Learning to swing from the inside
  • Fixing the face early, not at impact
  • The master move: a flat lead wrist
  • Shifting forward to hit a draw
  • Learning to swing from the inside
Lesson 4: Drills
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Lesson 4: Drills
  • Preparing the club for impact
  • Keeping the arms and body connected
  • How to start your downswing
  • Groove the feel of square impact
  • Preparing the club for impact
  • Keeping the arms and body connected
  • How to start your downswing
  • Groove the feel of square impact