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An easy fix for slicing

May 31, 2013

Constantly hitting a slice can be frustrating and makes it nearly impossible to score well. The worse the slice, the tougher it is to keep the ball in play. “The most common error when hitting a slice is that the arms run away from the body,” explains Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction at Old Palm and one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America. “When the arms lift up and down, instead of rotating across the chest, it results in a slice.” Fortunately, there’s an easy fix that you can try on the practice holes at Old Palm’s Golf Studio.

  • Place the golf ball on a slight incline, so it lies above your feet
  • Grip down on the club
  • Play the ball back in your stance
This position naturally engages the shoulders and allows the arms to better swing across the chest, eliminating the steepness or up and down movement from your swing. The position also helps to stabilize your lower body and encourage an upper body motion that straightens your golf shots. Once you get in a groove and begin to properly rotate, you’ll see that this swing adjustment will help to eliminate slicing even on a level lie or with the ball below your feet.  


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