When Trying To Steer It Always Means A Slice

It just ain’t fair. The bigger the trouble down the right side, the better the chances the poor slicer is going straight into the junk. Why is that? Bad luck? No. A mental block? Nope. Irony? (I don’t really know what that means.)

It’s simple; when you try to guide the ball straight, which feels correct to the slicer, it guarantees a miss to the right. Reason is, that guiding action tenses up the arms, which prevents the clubface from squaring. So what feels square is actually open, and the ball goes right to right. The way to not hit it right is to relax your arms. Shake out that tension.

You have to feel like the club is releasing past you, so the clubhead swings out to the right while the face is turning to the left. Do that, and you might
. . . wait for it . . . hit a draw.


5 Signs That You’ve Never Hit A Draw

  1. Your pull buggy jerks to the right.
  2. Last time you remember seeing a ball drawing was in primary school art.
  3. You’ve always thought ‘OOB’ stands for Out of Balls.
  4. No matter the wind, when you toss up grass, it goes right.
  5. You can’t fall asleep on your left side.


Tom Stickney II teaches at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, California and The Promontory Club in Park City, Utah.