COMMUNITY: Split the slice

Golf tip from Steve Charters

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Editorís note: Steve Charters is in his 11th year as a pro at Twin Pines Golf Course. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Charters competed at Central College in Pella and has been a pro for 18 years in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.

Weíve all had a round where things are going pretty well with the driver, were hitting most of the fairways and then as the round progresses some tension sets in and all the sudden the slices start to creep in.

If youíve ever suffered from this, try this simple remedy.

First, get a hold of your driver. Set up as if youíre going to make a normal practice swing, only lower your right hand on the grip, about two to three inches below your upper hand. This will cause you to have a split grip. Now, in a smooth and slow motion, simulate a three-quarter golf swing and pay attention to the arms and hands rotating through the impact zone. The split grip will give you a better feel for the rotation as it exaggerates the rotation through impact.

Practice this drill periodically as needed and go to it if you need to counter act the unexpected slice forming during a round.

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