Try this anti-slice driving range drill while you’re warming up

Golfer practicing anti-slice drill

Try to start the ball to the right of the stick, and have it finish to the left of the stick.


Welcome to Play Smart, a new game-improvement column that drops every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Managing Editor Luke Kerr-Dineen to help you play smarter, better golf.

There’s been a lot going on in the world recently, for what seems like an eternity now. But all the macro issues aside, there’s perhaps no more pressing issue in my own universe than the fate of my friend and colleague Sean Zak’s golf game.

Sean’s a good golfer: A solid single-digit handicap with a higher ceiling than his index suggests. When Sean struggles, it’s because (like myself and many other golfers out there), he tends to get too steep, or “over the top.” The result is either a pull or a slice — and lots of frustration.

Again, this is hardly a problem that’s unique to Sean or myself — indeed, it’s perhaps the most common issue in golf. Thankfully, there’s a reasonably straightforward drill you can do that will help, well, straighten you out. It’s something I’ve seen multiple PGA Tour players do on the driving range — Alex Noren said it helped propel him onto the PGA Tour — and you can see N.Y.-area golf instructor James Hong using with one of his students below.

All you need is one alignment stick (or club shaft) to stick in the ground between your golf ball and your target. If you’re struggling with a slice, aim to the right of the stick (for a right handed golfer; aim left if you’re a left-hander) and practice trying to curve the ball around the stick.

Start slow at first but then build speed.

The goal of the drill, which you can read more about here, is to help you control your clubface, which in turn will help control your ball flight. The obstacle in your way will force you to groove the feeling of an in-to-out swing path, with overall straighter drives.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Director of Game Improvement Content at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees all the brand’s service journalism spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.