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Ive tried everything to rid myself of my driver slice. I can drive 300 yards, but 50 yards of it is in a slice. Please help.
--Calvin B. from Earlton, NY

Hi Calvin. Thanks for writing I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

Without seeing your swing I can only assume that you are talking about a traditional slice where the ball starts off a bit to the left of your target and then swings back to the right. This is caused by a clubhead that is swinging outside/in in relation to your target line coupled with an open face. This is quite different from a push or block where the ball will start to the right and then curve further right.

To correct a slice we need to make sure that you are attacking your shots from and inside/out path and squaring the clubface through impact.

When it comes to squaring the clubface grip and forearm rotation are common culprits. The first thing you want to check is make sure that the "Vs" that you form between the forefinger and thumb of each hand are pointed somewhere between your right ear and right shoulder. This will assure us that your grip is in a strong enough position to rotate the face closed through impact.

Next, check the tension level in your forearms. Forearms that are tight simply won't rotate through the strike. We need to make sure that your right forearm rolls over your left forearm so that the face can square up and then close.

The final piece of the puzzle is swing plane. The vast majority of slicers come over the top of the swing plane immediately at the start of the downswing. To help you correct this I'm going to send a couple free drills your way to get started on:

Back to the Target:
Back to the Target

Swing Plane Poles Drill:
Swing Plane Poles Drill

Both of these are designed to help you gain a more inside/out swing path. Give them a try and let me know how you do.


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