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PGA Master Professional Eric Wilson Teaches Us How To Fix A Golf Slice

You just sliced your opening tee shot 30 yards to the right into the trees. If this is your normal shot shape, you have a couple of choices. For the rest of the day, you can aim 30 or more yards left so the ball has a chance of ending up in the fairway, or you can learn why your ball slices 30 yards and correct the problem. Let’s choose the latter and discuss why you slice and how to correct it. 

The reason the golf ball slices is because your clubface is looking to the right of the direction that the club is moving through the impact zone (for right-handed golfers). Based on the thousands of lessons I have given, the most effective way to eliminate your slice is to learn how to hit big hooks. To hit a hook, you must ensure that the clubface is closed, or looking to the left of the direction that the club is moving through the impact zone (for right-handed golfers).

Assuming you have an acceptable grip, the simplest way to close the clubface through impact is to rotate your forearms—and consequently the clubface—counterclockwise prior to impact (clockwise for left-handed golfers). Word of caution, though: don’t be satisfied with reducing or eliminating your slice; you must learn to really hook the ball, curving it at least 20 yards to the left/right. Once you can hook and slice at will, you should practice hooking and slicing to different targets. 

Another word of caution: learning to hook the golf ball will not automatically lower your scores. Lower scores will come from developing consistency in ball striking and an improved short game. 

For more advice, email Dr. Wilson at ewilson@keiseruniversity.edu.