First off, before we discuss how to go about curing your slice, you need to understand why you slice the golf ball. Only then can you take the necessary steps to fix your slice.
Now, if you take these tips on board, you’ll not get anywhere near a cure for your slice if you don’t practice the steps that I’m teaching you.
What is the Golf Slice?
The slice or ‘fade’ if you mean it, is a ball hit in the trajectory of left to right or right to left if you’re a left handed golfer. This trajectory occurs because of the clockwise spin (anti-clockwise for lefties) created on the golf ball at impact.
What’s the Cause then?
To understand the slice you need to grasp the basics of a golf swing. In order to hit a golf ball squarely you need to club face to return to its original point at impact. The slice occurs when the club face is open at the point of impact, thus causing the club face to cut across the golf ball causing the spin and hence the the golf slice. In the majority of circumstances the golf swing is okay however, on some occasions the slice can be put down to the grip of your golf club. A weak grip of your golf club can cause your grip to slip and your club to open.
Other factors include swing speed, and also the flex of your golf clubs shaft. If you are using a stiff flex driver, it could be worth trying out a driver with a regular flex or even mid flex. This could correct your golf slice, but it’s not guaranteed.
How to Fix Your Slice?
Perhaps the most convenient change you can make to cure your slice is by altering your grip. If your club is open at impact try gripping your golf club slightly clockwise, or counter clockwise if you’re a lefty. This opens up your club slightly, eliminating the possibility of your club face opening at impact. By saying you have a weak grip that does not mean you need to grip your club tighter. A simple delicate grip that’s tight enough to keep control is perfect, too tight and you risk slicing the golf ball again.
Also, to correct your slice you may also need to speed up your golf swing. You can do this by pulling your club back farther in your back swing, and then follow through smoothly as you would do normally.
On your back swing be sure not to bend back too far as you risk going off your swing path. Also, try not to go too roundhouse in your swing (kind of like a baseball swing), simply bring your club back straight and then perform a perfect smooth swing.
A tip to help you concentrate when hitting your driver off the tee, is to tee up your golf ball with its logo pointed towards the direction you want to hit it. This will help you concentrate on hitting a clean straight golf shot and will hopefully cure your driver slice.
Some more tips on correcting your slice:
- Stand straighter
- Bend your knees slightly
- Keep your feet shoulder width apart
- Line your ball up with your front foot
- Loosen up your grip so there’s no tension in wrists or arms
- Concentrate on the golf ball
- Blank your mind
- Now smash it straight down the fairway