Cur­ing a slice by mak­ing it worse

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Closed loop

See­ing their shots curve away to the right, the right-han­der typ­i­cally re­acts by aim­ing the face fur­ther left – as il­lus­trated by the mag­netic aim de­vice on the face. It might feel re­as­sur­ing as you look down, but it ac­tively en­cour­ages a slice-in­duc­ing de­liv­ery of the club.

Open the face

To beat this vi­cious cir­cle, aim the club­face right of the tar­get at setup (if you are a right-han­der, left if you are left-handed). Yes, this is a leap of faith for any golfer afraid of the ball slic­ing, but golf tech­nique is of­ten a game of op­po­sites, and this is a clas­sic ex­am­ple.

Anti-ro­ta­tion im­pact

The golf ball slices be­cause the face is held open to the club’s path through im­pact. Close the face down and you only in­crease the need to hold the face open through the ball. That closed face ac­tu­ally pro­motes the non-ro­ta­tion of the club­head that causes a slice.

Face ro­tates

From that open set-up aim, you force your­self to ro­tate your fore­arms through im­pact to square the blade. This is the root of the tech­nique that ap­plies drawspin to the ball. Try it on the range first… and when you’ve built con­fi­dence with it, use it on the course when the ball starts slic­ing.

Most slicers re­spond to the dispir­it­ing sight of the ball cut­ting away by clos­ing the club­face. While it seems log­i­cal, clos­ing the face only in­creases the slice. Here’s why… and what you should do in­stead to cure it prop­erly.

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