This slice-fix drill instantly gives you the feeling of turning the ball over

This slice-fix drill instantly gives you the feeling of turning the ball over

Here’s an easy-to-do exercise on the driving range that a Top 100 teacher says will speed up the change needed to fix a slice.

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The dreaded slice haunts most weekend golfers and the majority of the golfing public, but how do you get rid of it? A GOLF Top 100 teacher has a quick drill you can use on the range to train your muscles to make the swing you want and finally close that open face.

Here’s Dale Abraham, the director of instruction at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., to explain:

“Anytime you have a slice, usually the face is going to be open on the way, and for right-handed golfers, the vast majority of the time they’re going to swing to the left of the target,” Abraham said, as he was on hand for the Top 100 GOLF Teachers Summit at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona last week. “So outside to inside, left path, open face, hitting it a bit towards the center of the face – that’ll slice. Right? So they have to learn to swing more to the right.”

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This is where it gets tricky. Abraham says the problem is golfers don’t internalize how a lot they must switch to the right to fix the problem.

“To get a path to move four, five, six, or even 10 degrees sometimes, if someone is swinging eight or 10 degrees to the left, and you want them to be two or three to the right, he’s got to make a massive change in feel,” he says.

The drill

So how do you get a massive sentiment shift like that? Overdo it.

“Rotate them 90 degrees to the right of the target so that anyone next to them on the range will be hit by divots if they take divots,” Abraham explains. “And as long as they learn to flip it with that, swinging 90 degrees to the right, they can really change their way a lot, and in a hurry too, which is great.”

Perform several range swings perfecting this drill – bring your club back as normal but use Abraham’s drill for the downswing – and see if this move can transfer to when you actually start hitting balls. While a long-term fix might be best resolved by seeing a teacher, Abraham says this quick fix might be just the ticket for some.

“People these days don’t have the attention span,” Abraham says. “They want to switch immediately. They want to make a swing or two and, boom, I’ve got the ball flight I want and they’re gone. So that’s a great way to accelerate that switch to swing right for a right-handed golfer if you want to hit a real draw.”

Josh Berhow

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Josh Berhow is the editor of GOLF.com. The Minnesota native earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University at Mankato. You can reach him at joshua_berhow@golf.com.

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