Stop Slices (and Hooks!) with Your Feet

July 29, 2008

This story is for you if…

• You hit out-of-control slices

• You have problems making a full backswing

• You think you need to make big swing adjustments to eliminate your banana ball


You have a chronic slice or hit a lot of dead pulls.


Assume your normal address position with your arms crisscrossing your chest and holding a club parallel to the ground. Make a mock swing and note how far back the club turns and how far through it turns. If you’re a slicer, you’ll notice the club turns less in your backswing than in your follow-through. The unequal turn creates a cut motion through impact that sends the ball right.


• Look down at your feet and imagine each is in the middle of a clock face.

• Flare your right foot to 2 o’clock and position your left foot at 12 o’clock.

• Now swing the club for real and feel the increase in shoulder turn going back and the lessening of it into your follow-through.

As you do this, make sure you maintain your posture and forward tilt. Straightening up through impact only encourages a slice. This tricks also works if you hook the ball. In this case, position your right foot at 12 o’clock and your left foot at 10 o’clock. This will decrease your turn back and increase your turn through. You’ll hit the ball more with your body and less with your hands so they can’t take over and shut down the clubface through impact.