7 Tour Pro Slicing Tips

We asked six Tour Pros on their best tip to eradicate sliced drives...

tour pro slicing tips

We asked seven Tour Pros on their best tip to eradicate sliced drives...

7 Tour Pro Slicing Tips

Sliced drives may well be the most common bad shot with amateur golfers, so who better to help you straighten out your slice than some of world's finest players?

Below, we asked seven Tour Pros from European Tour winners, former World Number Ones, Major winners, Ryder Cup stars and 59-shooters, on their best tip to eradicate sliced drives...

Thomas Pieters

Turn the clubface in a little bit. Don’t be afraid to do that. Then just make a normal swing, and if you match the path and the swing direction, the ball is going to start right and you’ll hit a nice little draw.

Swinging it easy always helps, too. My miss would be a slice or a slight shot to the right, and if I just calm down my tempo, make sure my club gets in the right positions and don’t get ahead of myself, that fixes everything.

Adam Scott

The arms and body work together

To reduce the risk of hooks and slices, think about moving your arms and body as a single unit throughout the swing.

Swing your arms without a club. Focus on keeping your body and arms in sync.

If you've moved everything as one piece, your arms will be in front of your chest at impact.

If my hips move too fast, I'll hit a hook or a block.

Impact is the only point during my swing where both arms are perfectly straight and I'm swinging at maximum speed.

Eddie Pepperell

There could be many reasons, but it’s often poor set-up. Imagine a wall on the left side of the ball so you can’t swing left through impact.

This will help your slice ultimately, but forget about where the ball goes for a while!

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Luke Donald

The lower body moves first in the downswing

It comes from not using the upper and lower body correctly. In a ‘correct’ swing, the lower body initiates the downswing and that allows the arms to fall in to get the club on a better path into the ball.

Many amateurs throw the clubhead at the ball, which creates that over-the-top move.

Soren Kjeldsen

I like the picture in my mind of hitting a forehand shot in tennis, where you get over the ball a little bit and the clubface rotates through the ball.

Many people can relate to that and I’ve seen it work in Pro-Ams.

Oli Fisher

One of the best things to help with a slice is to feel like you are swinging like an old man!

By having more of a curved spine angle, you should be able to swing around your body a little bit better. So, to help with a slice, I’d say swing like an old man!

Branden Grace

I’m not trying to be funny, but I would say try to hit a draw! Feeling the difference between the two is key.

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Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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