Golfers: Have You Always Been a Slicer but Wanted to Be a Hooker?

If you're a golfer that struggles with slicing the golf ball and swinging over the top, then you must read on.

drill to fix your slice in golf
Clay Ballard showing the common swing path used by you golfers who slice the golf ball and are in need of a serious cure

I am going to walk you through a drill that can cure your slice once and for all. (The drill is best demonstrated in our recent Premium video "Over the Top Stick Drill.")

Hookers need not apply

If you already draw or hook the golf ball, then kindly put down the article and resume as you were. This is for golfers that do not use their left arm in the downswing enough.

Slicers...come on down, you're the next contestant...

The thing I want you all to take note of before we start is that, in order to make a drastic change to your golf swing, it is best to exaggerate the drill for a bit and then tone it down.

We do this so the body can feel the change and begin the correction process. Remember, all those pesky bad habits have been ingrained into your golf swing for quite some time. Retraining the mind and body takes time and repetition.

Time to stick a drill into your bag

The next time you go to your local driving range, I want you to get some alignment sticks. We're going to set up a drill that is going to correct your path and make you swing more inside-out.

Let's start by placing an alignment stick just in front of you, between the ball and the target. Make sure it is pushed into the ground so that it is waist high.

Also double check that you can still reach the stick with your follow through, just as shown below in this photo. Note the position of the foot line on the ground and how we use it later in the drill.

drill to cure your slice in golf
Setting up the drill to start reshaping the swing by exaggerating the motion is vital to curing your slice

 

Time for some exaggeration

With the alignment sticks set up, let's go ahead and grab the club with just our left hand. Now make some smooth 75% swings with just the left arm and focus on keeping your shoulders closed as the club swings to the right and up and over the stick. Take a look at this photo below demonstrating how it's done.

golf drill to stop slice
Clay Ballard showing the starting point of the drill using just the left arm and ingraining an inside-out path

 

Once you have completed 50-60 reps with just the left arm, we can now add the right arm to the club. Make 50-60 more swings feeling the same sort of motion.

Easy drill to cure slice
After drilling with just the left arm, you can now add the right and control the ball to the right of the stick creating an inside-out path

 

Time to tone this baby down

Now that you have drilled and exaggerated a different path for your club to take, it's time to tone it down and ingrain the perfect swing path.

All you have to do is move the foot line closer to where the ball would be and then repeat the drill.

drill to cure your slice
Notice that the ball position is changing in relation to the waist high stick. This is toning back the path and getting you ready to completely cure your slice

Then to perfect it, we want the foot line to now be in line with the stick and where the golf ball originally was.

cure the slice with easy drill
Once you have drilled enough, you can now stand completely up on the line and drill a brand new down-the-line swing path and get rid of that pesky slice forever.

 

Time to swing away and enjoy your new ball flight that your golfing partners will envy.

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Chris Tyler

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