Probably one of the most requested golf tips I am asked about is on fixing a slice in the golf swing. Just this past two weeks, I’ve had 6 emails about this problem. And the timing is good for these questions because I just had someone show me a drill that is a variation on one I have recommended before, but I really like this new version. So I want to share that with you today.
To execute this drill, grab your driver or 3 wood. i would suggest the 3 wood until you have started to make some progress, then switch to the driver. Get to an open area with no one immediately next to you.
Now hold the club straight out from your body, parallel to the ground at about belly height, likek you might hold a baseball bat. Use your normal grip for this drill.
To start the drill take the golf club back in a backswing like you were going to hit a baseball, keeping the club on the same plane. Do not take it up and over your shoulder.
When you have completed a comfortable back swing, swing the club forward, again like a baseball swing with the golf club staying parallel to the ground on the same plane. Focus on bringing your right elbow (if you are right handed, opposite if a lefty) tucked in close to your right side as you swing the club forward. Complete the follow through normally, but remember to keep the club on the same plane.
The tempo I recommend for this drill is to try and swing at what you think is 50-60% of your normal swing speed. Just a really smooth easy tempo.
Now go back to the starting position again. This time hold the club at a height about halfway between your belly and the ground. Do the exact same swing motion as before, again focusing on bringing your right elbow in close to your right side as you begin the swing. Complete the swing as before.
In this drill, if you are bringing that right elbow in close to the body, you should start to get the feel of swinging the club from the inside at the golf ball. Now do this one more time, but lower the club at the starting position until it will sweep the grass lightly as you go through the swing.
I tell my students to do this drill several times before they practice on the range or before they start a round. You can also do it briefly during your practice session as you change clubs or during a round as you are waiting your turn (as long as it won’t distract your playing partner).
Using this drill to help develop an inside to outside swing path can really help with a slice. As always, good luck golf nuts!