The slice is the most common problem for many golfers and this is especially true for beginning right-handed players. Learning how to cure a slice in golf is not difficult, but it does take some practice.
What Causes the Golf Slice?
The slice is caused by a club face that is open at impact. For right-handed golfers, this means that the club face is pointing slightly away from their body (i.e. the club face is not square with the ball, but instead pointing away from the body). The reason this club face position causes a golf slice is because as the club face comes through the ball, the open position of the face imparts clockwise rotation (or spin) on the ball.
The result is a ball flight path that begins straight, but moves to the right. Depending on how severely the club face was open at impact and how much spin was imparted to the golf ball determines the severity of the slice.
What Can I Do To Cure My Slice?
The first and most important thing that a beginning golfer can do to fix their slice is to make sure that the result of their swing has the club face contacting the golf ball squarely. The club face should be neither opened or closed. Imagine a small arrow pointing out from the face of your golf club. This imaginary arrow should be parallel to your feet and should be exactly perpendicular to the golf ball. Positioning the club face like this at impact will minimize any left-to-right (clockwise) spin on the ball and produce a golf shot that is true.
Golf Grip To Cure A Slice
A proper golf grip can help cure your slice by forcing the club face to remain square at impact. Take a look at the photo to the left. The image to the far right demonstrates what an open club face at impact looks like. This is the position that produces the slice. The center image is the one that anyone who wants to fix their slice should strive for. Look closely at the grip the golfer is using. His grip is forming a crease between the thumb and palm of his right hand that is pointing directly down the shaft of the golf club at the ball. His right palm is neither ‘under’ the club (as in the leftmost photo) or ‘over’ the club (as in the rightmost photo). This golf grip will help ensure a square club face at contact.
What Type Of Swing Will Help Fix My Slice?
At this point we know that a slice happens in golf when the club face is open at impact and produces left-to-right (for right-handed golfers) or clockwise spin on the ball. We have also seen am example of a good golf grip above that will help eliminate your slice. As for the swing that produces the slice, it is any swing that results in an open club face at impact. The club face may be open because the golfer’s body has rotated faster than his or her arms meaning that at impact the club face may not be completely returned to its ‘square’ or original position. The slice may also be caused by an out-to-in swing path that results in an open club face, as well. Developing a simple golf swing is essential to curing your slice.
How To Cure A Golf Slice Video
The video below demonstrates exactly what causes the slice and what steps you need to take to fix your slice.
So learning how to cure a slice in golf really only requires a five simple steps:
1) Understand What Is Causing Your Slice
2) Keep The Club Face Square At Impact
3) Use a Proper Grip
4) Develop A Proper Swing To Correct Your Slice