One of the most common causes of your slice is an over-the-top move on the downswing. Most golfers don’t know the difference, but this move actually causes a different type of slice – a pull slice. It’s a slice that starts left of your target and quickly turns right – it dramatically reduces your distance and power.

The over-the-top move can have many causes – so we won’t get into those here. In short though, this move throws yours hands out from the body on the downswing. This drill will help you to do the opposite – to drop your hands down from the top – by encouraging a downswing that attacks the ball from the inside.

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To force your swing to feel the exact opposite of the over-the-top in hopes of curing yourself, grab your golf bag and place it a couple of feet back of you, as shown in this image. Perform this drill with a smooth steady swing (the slower the better for engraining the proper move) – no ball is required. You may find that dodging the ball on the backswing is easy here – this should tell you something. If not, it’s not a big deal. Swing back outside the golf bag to the top of your backswing, once you reach the top loop the club down inside the bag to the ball. The pictures say it all. After about 20 slow swings with your bag in the way – remove the bag and try hitting some balls again. Really focus on your swing path – specifically a path that attacks the ball from inside the target line.

It shouldn’t take long to get your swing back on path – and the ball where you want it.

Give it a try!


About The Golf Drill Guru

With 8 years of blogging coupled with another 8 years golf industry teaching experience, The Golf Drill Guru is our resident swing doctor. When he's not drinking Corona's on a beach somewhere, you'll likely find him on the golf course — he also blogs occasionally.

One Thought on “Fix Your Over-the-Top Slice

  1. This a very helpful tip, it never fails to amaze me just how easy it is to slip back into bad old ways!
    It is so important to find a drill, that you can see working for you, we all pensive things in our own way.
    Keep up the drills your style works for me!

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