If you’re like many of today’s golfers, you’d give the world to get rid of your slice. A slice costs you distance, accuracy, and strokes. Not to mention peace of mind. No matter how much you work on your short game, if you can’t reach the fairway, you’ll have a tough time breaking 80.
An outside-in swing path triggers a slice. Slicers start their swing paths outside the ball’s target line. Starting outside means they need to make an adjustment and swing the club from outside the target line to inside it. Combine that with an open clubface at contact, and you produce a slice.
So, how do you fix a slice? That’s easier said than done. Below are seven simple steps that will help you eliminate the swing flaws described above. Follow these seven steps to get rid of your slice forever.
1. Assess your stance
Slicers often aim left when addressing the ball. That’s natural. They think they’re compensating for their crooked ball flight. This move just makes things worse. It reinforces a bad habit. And while you can play this way, it costs you distance and accuracy. Instead, aim straight. You might even want to close your stance a bit. Your ball flight may still bend a little, but that’s a fade. That works.
2. Check ball position
Do you take ball position for granted? You shouldn’t. Playing the ball too far forward in your stance encourages a slice. That causes you to swing outside-in. It also makes it difficult for you to release the club correctly. Instead, move the ball back in your stance. If you’re hitting a driver, position the ball just inside your left heel. If you’re hitting an iron, move it more toward the middle.
3. Look at your grip
Gripping the club the wrong way promotes a slice. That’s especially true if your left hand (right hand for lefties) is too far underneath the club at address. That opens the clubface at the point of impact. To correct this swing flaw, turn your left hand until you see three knuckles. That creates a “stronger” grip that helps you get rid of your slice.
4. Review your backswing
Chronic slicers flare their right elbows out away from their bodies during their backswings. This move forces you to do two things: swing the club high and away from you, and to cut across the target line during the backswing.
That imparts left to right spin on the ball. Not good. Instead, tuck your right elbow into your body as much as possible during your backswing. That puts you on the proper swing path automatically.
Golf Drill: The Towel Golf Drill helps you correct this mistake. Hold a towel between your right elbow and body throughout your swing. Make sure the towel doesn’t drop to the ground. This move forces you to tuck your elbow in throughout your swing.
5. Note your weight transfer
Many slicers move their weight to their back foot and then leave it there throughout the downswing and follow-through. Doing that opens your clubface at impact, creating left to right spin, and swing outside the target line. Instead, you should be transferring your weight to your front foot first then follow with your swing. That helps you square up your clubface at impact.
6. Review your release
Releasing means rotating your forearms and your right hand, wrist, and arm over your left. That helps you complete your follow-through. In fact, you can’t complete it without doing so. Executing your release correctly, however, takes some practice. Here’s a drill that can help you nail your release:
Make sure no people are around. Then, take a club and set up in your stance. Now, take a normal swing but as you do feel your right hand and forearm rotate over your left, let go of the club. The goal is to throw the club in the direction of where you want to hit the ball while maintaining your normal golf swing.
7. Check your divots (with irons)
This final checkpoint can tell you a lot about your swing. If you’re slicing the ball, your divot will point left of target. As you rid yourself of the flaws described above, your divots should start pointing straight ahead toward the target. You can take these changes as a sure sign that you’re improving your swing.
The following golf drill will help you get rid of your slice:
Take six golf balls and create a swing channel. Take two of the balls and place them one inch to the left of the ball you’re hitting. Place one ball two inches outside the target line and the other two inches inside the line.
Take two more balls and place them one inch to the left of the ball you are going to hit. Place one about two inches outside the line and the other two inches inside the line.
Place the final two balls outside and inside the target line. Initially, swing your golf club through the channel without striking any of the six golf balls.
Use our golf tips and golf drills above to get rid of your slice forever. That, in turn, produces distance and accuracy and helps chop strokes off your scores. More importantly, it restores your peace of mind and increases the enjoyment you get from playing this great game.
Get Rid of Your Slice for Good with These Golf Tips
“How do I get rid of my slice?” That’s the most asked question by weekend golfers. Today’s data shows that wherever that clubface is facing that’s where the ball starts. If it’s open instead of square to the ball, you slice. If it’s square, however, you’ll hit a powerful shot right down the middle.
Here are four golf tips on common mistakes players make during their swings. Ditch these mistakes to get rid of a slice:
The wrong grip often triggers a slice. Your grip influences the clubhead’s position at impact (open, square, closed). Grips, however, are individualized. What works for one person doesn’t work for another. In general, if your hands are turned too far left, you’ll probably return the club to impact with an open clubface. You need to see at least two knuckles on your lead hand to square the clubface at impact.
Your stance can also trigger a slice. If it’s open too much, you’ll follow an outside-in swing path. That generates a slice. So, double-check your stance. Make sure your shoulders are not pointing too far left of the target. Instead, position your feet, knees, hips, and shoulders parallel to the club on the ground and to your target line.
If your backswing is too much up and down, and not enough around, you’ll slice. To fix this issue, check your backswing at the top. You want it to be over your shoulder, not the top of your head. To find this position, you need to feel your left arm across your chest just a bit. That will produce a slightly flatter and more rounded downswing.
4. Swing path
You need to attack the ball from the inside—not the outside— to cure a slice. Many golfers, however, come too far around the ball to get very much inside on the swing. To remedy this, try presetting your hips in front of the ball. Now make small swings with the club coming from inside. Remember the feeling of this swing path when on the tee or in the fairway.
This golf drill can help you stop slicing. It comes courtesy of Hank Haney, the legendary golf coach:
Address a ball with your driver as you normally would. Place your clubhead in front of the ball. Make a clockwise rotation with the club. When we say “clockwise,” we mean clockwise relative to you, not someone looking at you. Do it a few times without a ball, then hit some shots using the same motion.
This simple golf drill teaches you to re-route your club to the right swing path. Ingrain the feel of this move, and you’ll get rid of your slice forever and start hitting a draw.
Stop Slicing with these Simple Golf Drills
Eliminating your slice keeps you out of trouble and saves strokes. That, in turn, can help you break 80. So, what’s a critical component to beating your slice?
It’s squaring up the clubface. Savvy golfers do that by using their left hand and forearm together. Ingrain this move using the two golf drills below:
Rotate Arm Golf Drill
Address the ball with a 7-iron. Swing to the top and stop. Remove your right hand. Then slowly bring the club down with your left arm only. As you bring the club slowly back to the ball, use your left arm to rotate the clubface to square before impact. If you make this move correctly, it should be dead square when it reaches the impact zone.
Do this drill slowly. Use just your left arm, which helps you feel the left-forearm rotation needed to square up the clubface. It’s also what you need to get rid of your slice.
Palm Down Golf Drill
When your palm faces up during your swing, your clubface is open. When your palm faces down, your clubface is closed or square to the ball. Here’s a golf drill that teaches you the right move.
Face a mirror. Now make a downswing. As you come down, feel your right palm turnover so that it’s facing the ground. Complete your swing right through impact. After you’ve practiced in front of a mirror, hit some balls. Start with small slow swings hitting balls. Then, work your way up to full swings.
These golf drills can help you square up your clubface at impact. That, in turn, will help you get rid of your slice and chop strokes off your scores.