Pull The Chain To Stop Slicing

Pull the chain, don't chop the wood

Hey Quite The Chap here for GolfersRX…slices are the worst, am I right…in today’s video.

Watching a ball start out straight down the fairway is something lovely to watch. Seeing it take a right-hand turn at about 150 yards out is what nightmares are made of. There is one simple move that a lot of golfers do that creates this slice, so lets stop doing that one move.

At the start of our downswing, we usually come over the top like we’re chopping wood.

That’s a no no. Here’s a drill and an image from Sergio Garcia to fix this.

Get in your address position
Take the club to the top of your backswing
And pull the chain to start your downswing
Essentially you’re dropping your hands

Don’t chop wood.

What we want to do is to stop coming over the top and creating a path that is outside to inside. The path where we swipe across the ball creating significant side spin. Remember, pull the chain, don’t chop wood.

Until next time keep it simple


  1. Jim Nic

    September 9, 2022 at 10:41 am

    I hit pull hooks with my over-the-top casting move, so the “pull the chain” swing thought helps correct my biggest swing problem. To me, left going left is the worst. 😉
    What I’m trying to say is that this drill/swing thought is good to correct problems with hooking as well as slicing.

    • Dave

      October 17, 2022 at 11:50 am

      I don’t like the idea of pulling down on the handle to initiate the downswing – in my experience this can lead to as many problems as coming over the top. Rather, we need a drill to teach us how to initiate the downswing with the lower body which will naturally allow the hands and club to drop without pulling down on the handle. Just my thoughts…

  2. Neal J Glomb

    October 26, 2022 at 9:39 am


    Thanks for this lesson…Using this guidance I hit drivers further and cut 10 strokes the 1st time out after practicing this technique.

    Thanks You…

  3. Lou Velasco

    May 15, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Absolutely correct ‘ we need to drop the hands other we rotate the shoulders which is the out to in slice move .I remember an old golf mag picture that described the motion as pulling the church bell rope . Great visual ! The results are incredible especially if you can master the other elements i.e. the takeaway getting to the top with good shoulder turn hip turn and and good follow through . I was a slicer I’ve been clean for 15 years .


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