Slice Golf Shot Drills: Hook Chips for Better Rotation

    You won’t find many golf instructors who encourage students to use a lot of hand action on chip shots. Unless, that is, they’re helping a golfer cure a slice.

    Besides a faulty, over-the-top swing path, the primary cause of slicing is a failure to release or rotate the club through impact. Rather than trying to learn this motion by taking full swings, start with short, simple shots and build from there.

    Next time you visit the driving range, utilize this practice tip:

  • Set up normally using anywhere from a 6-iron to an 8-iron.

  • Take the club back to about hip height, letting the wrists hinge naturally.

  • On the way down, roll the forearms and wrists with a good swish through the ball.

  • Match your follow-through to your backswing length; the back of your left hand, your right palm and the clubface should face the ground (or close to it).
  • Focus on hitting balls low and left, which will happen if you’re releasing the club properly.
  • Once you’re hitting shots crisply and in the desired direction, try rolling the hands even harder and actually hooking the ball. Then make a few full swings and see what happens. If you’re still hitting a slice, repeat the drill.

    It will take time and practice to instill a full, fluid release, but it’s a huge key to hitting solid, straight golf shots.