Editor's note: Each week, Megan Padua, a teaching professional at Maidstone Club (East Hampton, N.Y.) and Belfair Plantation (Bluffton, S.C.), and one of Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers, offers tips and advice for women golfers.
By Megan Padua
In the medical profession, doctors inject a vaccine that contains a small amount of a virus so your body can fight against it. I'm going to give you a vaccine to help you stop slicing. If you hit a slice, start aiming to the right.
Aiming right, which is the direction you're trying to avoid, will feel uncomfortable, as most slicers tend to aim way left in their attempt to avoid the dreaded slice. Over time, however, as you aim to the right you will adjust your swing to curve the ball from right to left and bring it back into play.
Initially, your ball may go straight down the fairway because you're canceling out the slice with hook variables. Understanding the symptoms of a hook and a slice will help you learn to curve your ball. After all, a golfer who knows how to work the ball can hit any shot on command, including the straight shot.