How to Fix a Slice With a Draw

The hardest shot to hit in golf is the straight ball.  That’s why on tour everyone plays the ball either right to left or left to right for most of their shots.  So golfers trying to fix a slice should have a shot they want to play instead of that slice. Most golfers want to fix their slice with a draw.


The best way to approach this is to forget that you need to fix a slice.  Instead, focus on playing a draw.  There are just a few factors that create a draw.  From a physics standpoint a draw occurs when the clubface is slightly closed relative to the path of the clubhead.



Let’s start with your grip.  The left hand should be on top of the shaft with at least two knuckles, (preferably three) showing.  Then fit your right hand to the left with the thumb of your left hand resting comfortably in the palm of your right hand. 


When you are trying to fix a slice and learning to play a draw this will not feel natural.  So, practice taking this grip over and over away from the driving range and golf course.  You can do this with a club while you are watching TV.  Do it at least thirty times a day every day for a month.  Make it feel natural.  If your grip reverts to its old form on the course you won’t be able to start playing the draw you desire.



Make certain that you set up with your feet, hips and most importantly shoulders closed to the target line.  Your left shoulder should feel like it is in front of the right shoulder.  If your right shoulder is in front you will not fix your slice and you definitely won’t start playing a draw.  Again, practice this at home, in front of a mirror.  Do it over and over until it feels natural so that you won’t revert to your slice address position. 



Finally, you need to swing the clubhead to the ball from just inside the target line.

There are two major swing flaws that tend to happen with slicers.  First, you have been told that the swing should be from the inside to out.   So from the top of your backswing you throw your hands out at the ball.  The problem is when your hands travel out to the ball so does the clubhead and you end up swinging across the ball and produce yet another slice.  The clubhead is what must swing from inside to out, not your hands.  To do this your hands actually have to stay close to your body, closer than you think.  From this position with your hands the club can be swung out to the ball.  Watch the tour pros on TV when they show slow motion swings.  You will be amazed at how close their hands are to their bodies.  Jim Furyk is a great one to watch for this. 


The second major swing flaw a slice has is that they move their bodies too far forward in the downswing.  This is usually just the result of swinging too hard.  When your body center moves forward it becomes impossible to swing your arms quickly enough to catch up and square the clubface.  As a result, you slice the ball.   


To fix the slice swing problems, start practicing this with a short iron off of a tee.  Actually, tee the ball up higher than you think you should.  This will give you the confidence to work the club from inside the ball and draw it back.  Swing easy, you will be amazed how far you hit it.  Try and quiet down your lower body and swing your arms more.  You can do this by hitting balls while standing with your feet together touching each other.  Once you get the feel of your arms swinging past your swing center and the clubhead releasing through impact you will be drawing the ball in no time.

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Bob Charles has worked in the Golf Industry for over 13 years and walked inside the ropes at many PGA Tour events. This experience gives him a unique insider’s perspective on the game of golf. To see how other golfers are learning how to fix a slice with a draw go to

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