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How to Fix a Slice and Develop a Draw-For Golf Swing

Updated on January 18, 2018

Why Do You Hit a Slice?

Slicing the golf ball is an issue that plagues a lot of amateur golf players consistently, the question is asked, how to fix or correct a slice? Well, there are many reasons and we will address them in this article. But, first of all and more importantly, we need to ask why, what causes us to slice the golfball in the first place? Is it our grip, stance, technique, ball position? The short answer is all of the above. While the talented professional player can deliver either a draw or a fade shot on command, for most amateurs this is not the reality, their ultimate objective is merely to hit the golf ball consistently, and straighter. Let's concentrate on these issues and provide some helpful hints on how to fix a slice.


Golf professionals
Golf professionals

Some prominent golf professionals sought to identify the different golf swing features specific to each golfswing. They were then able to clarify which of these features were attributable to each of the golfball flight tendencies. What they found was, effectively each accomplished 'fader' of the golf-ball, displayed a straighter left arm at the very top of the backswing. Where, for instance those who's natural shot was a draw, maintained a slight bend at the elbow.

This discovery is brilliant information in favor of those who are anxious to learn how to correct a slice, as they tend to accomplish by mistake, what intentional faders (not slicers) of the ball do on purpose. I will give reasons for why this works, and how a comparatively simple swing modification will force a terrible slice into an effective draw.

Target Stance Alignment
Target Stance Alignment

Fix a Slice Tips

Over compensating for your slice by taking aim on the tee that is directed away from your target, can exacerbate the effects of that viscious slice. Although its normal to play your natural tendencies by aiming a little left or right, its actually only useful to do so for a draw or fade which is only five to ten meters wide, not a severe 40 yard or more hook or slice. The next time you become aware of yourself aiming into the hazard on the left, in an attempt to push your slice into the fairway, it's actually better to align yourself in the opposite direction, toward the right, and then close up your stance slightly. This will support a swing plane which is more 'inside to out' path, as opposed to an 'outside to in' swing.

The next tip is, forget about the adage, "keep your left arm straight". By having a small bend at the elbow on the back swing, you are in position to swing the club downward from the inside, manufacturing speed by means of your arms as well as hands, as opposed to making an ungainly move with your shoulders. Bending your left arm will allow you to throw the golf club downward with an increase of speed.

You may also be able to square the club face with minimum physical exertion. It's a good deal similar to the action of a tennis swing, when executing a two-hand backhand. Through keeping the left arm bent as well as relaxed, they can reach great velocity and maintain accurate control. By throwing the golfclub downward from the inside, you get a draw, along with of course, the added benefit of more distance, which is also what we all want.

Wide Takeaway
Wide Takeaway

Correct Your Slice-Bend Your Arm.

Some of the top competitors possess a wide takeaway, they take the golf club as wide from the body as achievable in the back-swing, to widen the golf swing arc and produce maximum momentum late within the downswing. What works for them does not necessarily work for the amateur slicer of the ball. Taking the club out wide does place high demands on the body, as well as stress at the peak of the back swing, and involves a lot of power and overall flexibility to perform properly.

Endeavor to swing back naturally and get set early. Start by cocking your wrists as well as folding your right arm early on in the backswing. That makes it an effortless throwing motion, plus a right to left golf-ball flight. This approach will work just as long as the rest of your body is in the right situation to let the arms swing down liberally. That means, you ought to make a full rotation with your shoulders. Rotate your shoulders completely, and you will establish adequate scope for the arms to swing down along the proper inside plane.

The right arm's position at the crest of the back swing, and it's essential aptitude to release, is determined by how straight the left arm is at the top. Your goal is to create an angle of less than ninety degrees in your right arm. Keeping your left arm rigid and straight, causes your right arm to bend less at the elbow. That will imply less of a throwing action on the downswing, and a bigger possibility of hitting a slice.


More of a bend in the left elbow at the top of the backswing
More of a bend in the left elbow at the top of the backswing

What you want to achieve, as someone who needs to understand how to fix a slice, is more of a bend in the left arm at the top. That produces a more dramatic bend within the right elbow, and a better ability to throw the golf club downward from the inside. By sustaining a relaxed and slight bend in your left arm, you can accurately wipe your slice away. If you learn and practice this drill you will be better able to produce a draw on demand in the future.

From the very top of your golf swing, basically shift your weight to the left, then throw your club into the back of the golfball, forgetting about your shoulders completely. The initial shift down ought to be reasonably slow and relaxed. Don't force it. Through the impact zone, allow the club head to follow straight down the target line and permit the momentum of your arms to pull your shoulders into a full, relaxed follow through.


An Anti Slice Drill

This anti-slice drill, will help you to bring the full golfswing all together. Begin by teeing a golf-ball up for a full driver shot. Next, locate a second tee in the ground about 15 centimetres or so in front of the ball you have previously tee'd up. Now take a second golf-ball in your right hand and cast it at the forward tee. Take aim at and hit that tee. The right arm straightens out because of your normal throwing action, and if you had been holding the club with both hands, your left arm would set straight as well. And clearly, you would be throwing the club head straight down the target line, making a draw.

It really is essential not to consciously try to keep your left arm bent right through the downswing. Allow natural centrifugal force and the momentum of the throw, to straighten, first the left arm, after that the right arm on the way to impact. Eliminating a slice in your golf game and turning it into a draw will have huge benefits for reducing your scores on the next round. Thanks for reading, I hope this helped to cure your slice.

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    • ross670daw profile imageAUTHOR

      ross670daw 

      6 years ago

      @Troy, @Butch45, @FK,@Under cover agent Thanks everyone for your comments, glad you found value and hope the tips have helped improve your golf game.

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      Under cover agent 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Ross, Great article. It's always good when solutions are kept simple as yours has done. Easy to apply without messing with a whole lot of other stuff. Cheers.

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      FK 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, the single best video on fixing the slice in my experience. "Knuckles Down" swing thought always works for me :)

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      Butch45 

      7 years ago

      Hi great advice it has been a while since I was a slicer but this is the kind of knowledge I used to correct the problem.http://hubpages.com/hub/Golf-Swing-Products

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      Troy Vayanos 

      7 years ago

      Excellent Post.

      Great advice for eliminating the golf slice for all golfers.

      Cheers

    • ross670daw profile imageAUTHOR

      ross670daw 

      8 years ago

      Hello Sabu

      So was I, a slicer that is. Thanks for visiting, I am glad you gained some benefit from this information, I hope it helps. I appreciate your feedback Sabu.

      Drive it straight and long my friend.

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      sabu singh 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for this immensely helpful Hub for golfers Ross. I am one of the slicers club. Both the tips - of bending ypour left elbow at the top of the swing - as well as the video which talks of "knuckles down" should prove effective. Time will tell.

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