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The Dreaded Slice

How to Cure Your Golf Slice

The Dreaded Slice ... the single aspect of golf that troubles almost all hackers, most amateurs, some club golfers, and a few pros. Estimates are 80% of golfers struggle with the slice.

Forget trying to add 30 yards to your swing. Learn how to stay out of the woods forever and watch your score drop like a rock!

The only way to understand how to cure your slice is to first understand why the ball slices in the first place. The golf ball sliced because it has an enormous amount of side spin (as compared to backspin) after the ball is hit into the air.

What are the reasons why the side spin will drown the back spin when the ball is hit?

Contrary to popular belief (or wishful thinking), it has nothing to do with external factors such as the wind, or lie of the ball. While those may contribute to the severity of the slice, the ball slices only because of the way the club strikes the ball.
Reasoning diverges at this point. There are actually two causes of side spin when hitting the ball.

1. Probably most obvious is that the ball is hit with a sideways motion in addition to the forward motion of the club.

Sideways motion of the club is usually caused by a swing in which the club comes from outside of the plane of the swing and then come across the plane as the club hits the ball with a sideways motion.

This is actually very common and can be avoided by keeping the left arm straight and concentrating on maintaining a proper swing plane. If you do this, you will undoubtedly see a dramatic decrease in the amount that you actually slice.

2. You may be slicing because your club face is open when the club strikes the ball. This causes the club to hit the ball with a glancing motion, and the ball actually rolls off the side of the club instead of skyrocketing off like a firecracker.

This is harder to diagnose and even harder to fix. It could be due to either an inadequate turn during the swing, an early breaking in the wrist, and open club face during setup, or even an early turning of the hips. To avoid a slice and hit a straight shot, your club face must be square to the swing path at the point of impact. Here are three causes of an open club face:
  • Palm Grip - A “palm grip” does not allow the hands to work properly, so the club face is open at the point of impact. Are you wearing a hold in the palm of your glove? Chances are good that you are using a palm grip.

  • Open Stance - An open stance may cause the heel of the club to lead the toe of the club through impact to the ball.

  • Body Action - Poor body action may cause golfers to hit from their back foot.

Slicing the ball, especially if it is a dramatic slice, can ruin a golf game. There is no reason why something as simple as a slice should be ruining your game.

Pay attention to these swing basics. They can be hard to identify on your own, however. Try closing your club face at setup to see if that will decrease the amount that you actually slice.

Even though that may work by lowering the amount that you slice, at some point you will benefit by a few lessons from a golf pro who can pinpoint your underlying problem and help you fix it.