How to Fix a Slice – Stop Casting the Club on Your Downswing

We’ve pre­vi­ous­ly dis­cussed the key for a golfer look­ing for how to fix a slice is to cre­ate an in to out swing path. Many high hand­i­cap and begin­ner golfers have the oppo­site, an out to in swing path, which is the main rea­son for their slice. Many golfers with an out to in swing path also “cast” the club dur­ing their down­swing. Cast­ing refers to straight­en­ing your wrists and los­ing the angle between your left fore­arm (for right­ies) and the club shaft very ear­ly in your down­swing which makes con­sis­tent ball strik­ing very dif­fi­cult.

One rea­son for cast­ing is the ten­den­cy to lift the club up with your arms and hands to start the back­swing. This sets up what is referred to as a nar­row to wide to nar­row swing. Golfers with this swing lift the club dur­ing the back swing (nar­row), extend their arms and cast the club to begin the down­swing (wide), and final­ly col­lapse their arms through impact with the ball (nar­row).

Cre­at­ing a wide to nar­row to wide swing is a great way to stop cast­ing the club.

If you watch any pro­fes­sion­al golf, you’ll notice that a professional’s swing is much dif­fer­ent. In fact it’s very much the oppo­site, a wide to nar­row to wide swing. A pro­fes­sion­al brings the club back wide with their arms extend­ed, keeps a nar­row down­swing with their wrists still hinged, final­ly releas­ing the club by extend­ing their arms and going wide.

The fol­low­ing video by Simon West­on is a great expla­na­tion of a wide to nar­row to wide swing.

 

There are big ben­e­fits to a wide to nar­row to wide swing.

The first is a more con­sis­tent in to out swing, help­ing you to fix a slice. Rotat­ing your body with hip and shoul­der turn min­i­mizes you using your arms and hands to swing the club. It is dif­fi­cult to build con­sis­ten­cy in a swing with a lot of hand and arm move­ment.

Sec­ond­ly, you lose club head speed and shot dis­tance when you cast the club. By keep­ing your wrists hinged until lat­er in the down­swing, you cre­ate lag in your swing. Lag refers to keep­ing your hands in front of the club shaft and releas­ing the club right before impact with the ball. A wide to nar­row to wide swing pro­motes more lag and gives you a high­er club head speed at impact.

One of the keys to a wide to nar­row to wide swing is get­ting your weight mov­ing for­ward towards the tar­get to start your down­swing. This helps to drop your hands down inside to start your down­swing. If you start your down­swing by drop­ping your hands before mov­ing for­ward towards your tar­get, you are more like­ly to come over the top with an out­side to in swing path.

Here’s a great drill from Karen Pala­cios-Jansen to help you start your down­swing by get­ting your weight mov­ing towards the tar­get.

 

By not cast­ing the club on your down­swing, you’ll help elim­i­nate your slice, cre­ate more con­sis­tent ball strik­ing, and gain dis­tance through increased club head speed.

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