If you slice, it’s probably because you’re not closing the clubface fast enough through the hitting zone. To improve your ability to deliver a square clubface (relative to your path), make practice swings with your hands split apart on the grip.
Hold the club in its normal position with your gloved hand, then slide your lower hand down to where the grip meets the shaft (photo, left). Separating your hands like this makes it easier to square the face through impact and keep the handle pointing at your belly button as the clubhead slings out toward the ball. Make sure to brush the grass aggressively. If you can recreate the feels in the drill on real swings, you’re money. —Krista Dunton
As you start the club back, make it a goal to get your hands as far away from your right ear as possible and maintain that width all the way to the top of your backswing. A wider swing arc automatically fuels a faster downswing and eliminates the chopping action that causes pop-up drives and slices.
Pros rarely 3-putt inside of 40 feet, but do so almost a third of the time from outside 60 feet. Even for the best players in the world, lag putting is a score-breaker. Make it a part of any practice session.
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My student, Patrick Cantlay, and I have a phrase we use when working on his transition: “The lower body turns out of the way and the upper body stays in it.” In other words, once the club gets to the top of your swing, go ahead and let your legs “go” while holding back any movement of the club and your upper body. This slows your transitional pace and also puts the club in a place to slip down on plane, ensuring not only an accurate hit but a powerful one as well. —Jamie Mulligan
Maintaining good arm structure throughout your swing is a major consistency key. Without it, you’re toast. It’s common to lose that structure by allowing your elbows to separate post-impact, or “chicken wing” (above). The fix? Wedge an object (a headcover or a softball will do) between your forearms at setup and keep it there as you swing. This will help you maintain the correct relationship between your arms and give proper shape and consistency to your swing. —Martin Chuck
| TEMPO & TRANSITION | Syncing up the arms & body . Recent lesson with a competitive junior who was having trouble getting his hand path trapped behind his body during the downswing transition. As a result there was stalling taking place through impact which means controlling the clubface rotation becomes increasingly difficult. It also makes it harder to keep the hand path on plane into the follow through. This was one of a number of different drills and stations utilized to speed up the learning curve . Head to our Insta Stories to see Hideki Matsuyama at the recent Zozo event (2nd place to Tiger Woods) going from the top of the swing to impact. Hideki is known for his deliberate tempo during transition and is also one of the best ballstrikers year in and year out @pgatour #Benderized