My quick fix for a vicious driver slice.
(Confessions of a chronic driver slicer)
I have an ugly slice that no amount
of swing tweaking would fix. There's a good possibility (nay,
probability) it's simply me, but that's immaterial, if I
can't master the anti-slice swing, I can't master the anti-slice
swing. I'm not a pro, I don't have a pro swing and I never will.
I might not want to face it but it's a fact.
Okay, okay, I'll confess, it is me,
it's my swing, not the hardware, but I that didn't change the fact
that I had a terrible
driver slice. I spent so much energy going right that I was better
off using a putter.
A bit of background. I was a
50-something with a 17 handicap. I'd been playing a little over a
year. I was pretty
stubborn and wanted to make sure that I had a bunch of really bad
habits before I took lessons. I have now taken a few but nothing had
fixed my driver slice.
I was pretty good with my irons and my
short game, but even when I played my dependable slice I was lucky to
get 150 yards with my driver. This was murder on a 400 yard par 4. I
was never on the green or even close in regulation and was lucky to
catch a bogie.
I tried a number of swing changes, I
read Bobby Jones to to Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods and everyone in
between. I read scores of articles and tried a whole slew of clubs;
Adams Tite Lies, Ping, Taylormade, Calloway and a bunch of no names.
With the exception of the Adams, which I could hit straight, club
changes didn't work. Sadly I couldn't get much distance out of the
Then I ran into a web based outfit
that offered a club that looked promising even if unknown to anybody
I asked. My golfing friends advised me that the reason no one had
heard of them was because it couldn't be any good.
But it was $120 and while I had
borrowed a lot of the clubs I'd tried my one purchase of the
Calloway convinced me that $120 was a bargain, even if I used it as a
The club? The
Yukon Anti-Slice/Offset Driver
from Pinemeadow Golf
. I went through the online sizing drill and
yielded up my credit card number and eagerly awaited a delivery
It seems I must have done something
wrong during the sizing drill, I received a call from Pine Meadows
with a question. I was impressed, I suspect most places would have
just built it as specified. I asked about possible upgrades. It was
suggested that I give it a shot and they'd be glad to do it after
the fact if I wanted it. Again, I was impressed, they could have
gotten another $30-60 from me for an upgraded shaft but the guy said
that a 17 handicapper would be happy with the standard shaft. These
guys talk about honestly on their web site. They aren't kidding.
The club arrived on time and I made a
bee line for the driving range. I took my usual stance to play my
slice and whack, way, way to the left but about 250 yards. I
adjusted my stance to a "normal" driver address and whack, still a
bit to the left, but straight as an arrow and again 250 yards.
The difference is the offset. Rather
than the club face lining up with the hosel it's offset. This adjusts for my imperfect and seemingly never to be
corrected slice swing and the club face is
square at impact.
Not all of my shots are perfect, If I
err it's usually to the left and what you could call a pull and a less than perfect swing will only
give me 170 yards, but more often than not I'm at 225 yards or
better sometimes as long as 280 (don't get me wrong, this doesn't
happen often), plus or minus 10 yards off center.
Obviously this makes a huge
difference on a long par 4 or 5. For example last time I was at
Clay on number 12 I slammed a pretty
good drive left of center, hit a respectable 3 wood leaving only a
wedge for my third shot and left a 5 foot putt for a birdie. All on
the 2nd hardest hole on the course. It's always hard to say for sure
but in round numbers I figure I've cut at least 5 strokes on a
narrow course like Lions. If you slice and you haven't yet
found a cure this might be the one that does it for you plus If
you've ever wondered why those name brand golf clubs cost so much I
recommend you visit
and check out their prices. They tell it
straight and provide great products and information.
-- Don Watkins
This article was originally written in
2004 and I thought a quick update was in order. Not only did I cure
my slice but I was able to start drawing my drive yielding a bit
Oh, and just to brag a bit my handicap is now a 9. Hey, it ain't
bragging if you can do it!
P.S. My friends no longer believe "no name" clubs
can't be any good or if they do they don't say anything since
they're all into me for big bucks (we play for a whole $.25 per