Anti Slice Downswing Drill: Stop Coming Over The Top


This anti slice downswing golf practice drill is from the Golf Practice Planner.

Anti Slice Downswing Drill

Long Game Practice Drills

2 out of 10

5 minutes

Use any club in your bag. Swim noodle. Golf Practice Planner.

The anti slice downswing drill will help you to stop coming over the top in the golf swing. If you hit the noodle, you know you’ve come over the top. This kind of “instant feedback” is priceless. The noodle emphasizes staying on the inside track on the downswing.

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this drill. Coming “Over the Top” is widely regarded by teaching pros to be the most common swing fault they see when teaching.

You’ve probably heard someone say to you: “Yoga came over the top on that one“, but you probably don’t understand why.

The dreaded Over The Top move happens due to the upper body being overused on the downswing. Yes! It really is that simple. When you overuse your upper body in the downswing the club will lunge to the outside of the correct swing plane with the clubhead approaching the ball from “outside to in”. This “outside to in” move produces a pull if the clubface is square or a slice if the clubface is open.


Step 1: Watch The Video
Watch the video.


Step 2: Swim Noodle
Place the slightly bent Swim noodle on the ground.

Step 3: Hit balls 
Place a ball two inches on the inside of the swim noodle. This will help you to create an in to out swing path so that you stop coming over the top on the downswing. Swing the club gently from inside to inside feeling the arc of the golf swing. If you hit the noodle, you know that you’ve come over the top on your downswing.

Step 4: Keep Score
Hit 10 balls. Give yourself one point each time you hit the ball without hitting the swim noodle. Try to improve upon your best score.

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