How To Stop A Golf Slice

Date Published: 05/06/2024

Golf slices can be one of the most frustrating problems for golfers of all skill levels. A slice is a type of shot where the ball curves dramatically to the right (for right-handed golfers) or to the left (for left-handed golfers).

Not only does this result in lost distance, but it can also lead to missed fairways and an increased handicap. Fortunately, you can significantly reduce or even eliminate your slice with a few adjustments and some practice.

Understanding the Slice

A slice is typically caused by an open clubface at impact combined with an outside-in swing path. This combination puts a sidespin on the ball, causing it to curve off-target. Factors contributing to a slice include grip, stance, swing mechanics, and equipment. One of the most common causes of a slice is an improper grip.

How to fix your grip

  • Check your grip pressure: Ensure you’re not gripping the club too tightly. A lighter grip allows for better clubface control.
  • For right-handed golfers: Rotate both hands slightly to the right on the grip. Your left hand should show two to three knuckles when you look down at address. This stronger grip helps promote a square or closed clubface at impact.
  • For left-handed golfers: Rotate both hands slightly to the left on the grip. Your right hand should show two to three knuckles when you look down at address. This adjustment encourages a square or closed clubface at impact, helping to prevent slicing.

Correcting your stance

Your stance plays a crucial role in your swing path and overall balance. Follow these tips to set up correctly:

  • Align your feet: Make sure your feet, hips, and shoulders are parallel to the target line. Improper alignment can cause an outside-in swing path.
  • Position the ball correctly: Place the ball slightly forward in your stance. This encourages an upward strike, reducing the likelihood of an open clubface at impact.

How to improve your swing path

Getting the right swing path is where many slicers struggle. Focus on these aspects to correct it:

  • Take a more inside-out path: Imagine you’re swinging the club out to right field (for right-handers). This inside-out path helps reduce sidespin and promotes a straighter shot.
  • Keep your elbow close: Maintain your elbow close to your body on the downswing. This helps guide the club on a more desirable path.

Checking your equipment

Sometimes, your equipment might be contributing to the slice. Consider these adjustments:

  • Use the correct shaft: Ensure your driver and irons have the correct shaft flex for your swing speed. A shaft that’s too stiff can lead to an open clubface.
  • Adjust your clubface: Modern drivers often come with adjustable clubfaces. Experiment with a more closed setting to help counteract your slice.

Tips to improve your swing

Incorporate the following drills into your practice routine to groove a better swing path and clubface control:

  • The towel drill: Place a towel under your arm and practice hitting balls while keeping the towel in place. This encourages an inside-out swing path.
  • Gate drill: Set up two tees slightly wider than your clubhead and hit balls through the “gate.” This helps you focus on a straight swing path.

Remember, stopping a slice won’t happen overnight. Consistency in practice and applying these adjustments is crucial. Track your progress to see what works best for you.

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