Golf Slice Drill #1 – Basket Gate Drill

How to Fix a Slice – Drill #1

Before you jump into the anti slice golf drills below, I highly recommend you watch parts 3 and 4 of my Cure Your Slice For Good series…

Those two lessons will help you to understand exactly why you hit slice shots and how to correct them. You’ll get much more benefit from the drills on this page if you’ve seen these two lessons:

This first anti-slice golf drill is one of my favourites, simply because I’ve seen how effective it is with my day-to-day students. It will teach you to deliver the club on an inside or in-to-out swing path – which is the first the curing-a-slice equation:

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Anti Golf Slice Drill #1 – Description

This drill should form the corner-stone of your practice sessions in the immediate future. Try to visit the range 2-3 times a week for the next 2 weeks. Hit 50 balls using the basket set up, really trying to start each ball flight out to the right of the target.

Even if you can’t get to the range, you can practice this drill in the yard with an airflow practice ball or even without a ball at all.

Combine this drill with this lesson on rotating your hands during your practice sessions and it won’t take too long to completely eradicate slice shots from your golf game!

  • Slice Drill - Step 1: Take a 7-iron, two empty ball buckets and a ball with a teeUsing a 7 iron, tee the ball up on a small tee peg. Take a couple of driving range buckets or similar to use as obstructions.

  • Slice Drill - Step 2: Place an empty ball bucket 18 inches behind the ballPlace the first basket about 18 inches behind the golf ball. This should allow just enough room for you to make your normal backswing, but it will not allow any room for you to bring the club over the top or on an outside swing path in the downswing.

  • Slice Drill - Step 3: Try to hit blocked shots (push shots)Hit between 25 and 50 balls from this position. The ball should block out to the right. Feel how your club is being swung much more from behind your body.

  • Slice Drill - Step 4: Place a second empty ball basket and place it two feet in front of the ballWhen you feel comfortable with this drill, take a second basket and place it two feet in front of the ball, but inside the line of the first basket, effectively creating a gate for the club to pass through (see image to right).

  • Slice Drill - Step 5: Hit some balls making sure your club doesn't strike the basketsHit some balls from the tee peg ensuring you keep the club travelling towards the ball from the inside, but this time also work on extending the club past the second basket. This should create a nice, aggressive in-to-out swing path.
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