Colorado Golf News
Three Turns to Curb Your Slice
By Nathan Morris, PGA
DIVOT Contributing Writer
Over the last 10 years and 18,000 lessons with GOLFTEC, I have learned that there are a few things that you have to do every time to get rid of that slice forever. There are three key moves that will set you up for success. Do these and TURN that slice into the perfect draw!
1 – TURN your grip. I see tons of students walk into my door with a grip that sets them up for failure. By turning your grip towards your trail shoulder, you give the club face a chance to be closed relative to the swing path. To do this, lay the club face down square on the ground. Rotate your hands over towards your trail shoulder until the creases between your thumbs and index fingers BOTH point at your trail shoulder.
2 – TURN your shoulders. Because of the ball position and the fact that most golfers turn their chests toward the target when they look at it, most golfers set up with open shoulders. The is when your shoulder line points well left of your target for a right-handed golfer. This promotes an OUT to IN, or over the top swing path. This is exactly what we don’t want. Instead, LEAVE YOUR FEET SQUARE to the target and corkscrew your shoulders closed so that your shoulder line points a little right of the target. This will promote that INSIDE swing path that we all need to stop the slice.
3 – TURN your hips in the backswing. This one has been debated over the years so stick with me on this one. Allowing your hips to turn A LOT in the backswing is the only way that we can create a full shoulder turn and get our hands far enough behind us (right picture) to swing IN to OUT. If you have ever been told to keep your lower body stable or quiet (left picture) in the backswing you will have a hard time creating the proper upper body position unless you are built like Gumby. Us mere mortals have to let the hips turn because we aren’t that flexible.
If you follow all three of these turns, that slice will TURN in to a draw in no time. If you are still having some issues, feel free to stop in and see your local GOLFTEC Coach for more help.