Slicing is a common problem amongst golfers, so if you have difficulty getting rid of your slice, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. The majority – close to 90% – struggle with slicing on a regular basis. Slicing is a term used to describe the ball in flight curving from left to right after the drive. Your swing puts unintentional spin on the ball, causing it to drift off-course. Slicing is a frustrating reality many new golfers face, but you can fix your slice with some work and a few the tips we’ve gathered.
Work on Your Setup
Your problem with slicing might be coming from what goes on before you even swing. Be sure to have a proper stance and grip before you even approach the tee. Many new golfers may not realize they’re standing incorrectly, holding the driver incorrectly, or erroneously judging the lay of the land. Don’t assume the ground you’re playing on is perfectly flat. Carefully judge the slope of the land and adjust accordingly. Your ball should line up with the inside of your front foot’s heel.
Don’t fall into the trap of using a weak grip. Don’t keep your thumbs pointed straight down the shaft of the club – your hands should be turned away from the target and your palms parallel to one another. Grip the handle of your club firmly but not too tightly. Having a death-grip on the club means your hands can’t release properly through the impact of hitting the ball.
Remember Proper Swing Path
The inside-out swing path is largely considered a tried-and-true remedy for slicing. However, many new golfers incorrectly assume the swing path is more horizontal than it truly is. Logically, it makes sense that if you want the ball to go straight ahead, you need to hit it dead-on in a straight path. However, proper swing path for golfing is more complex than that. When you think about the swing path as a straight shot, you set yourself up for repeat slices.
When you work on your swing, think about the ball as 12 o’clock, and swing the club head along an 8 o’clock to 2 o’clock axis into the ball. A great technique for practicing this is to draw your swing backward to practice. Get used to following the proper swing path in the opposite direction while focusing only on the loop – practice moving the club head from in front of the ball, toward the target, then continuing the swing above your head and bringing the club down over the ball from above. This causes the club to naturally drop onto a lower plane during the approach.
Consider Upgrading Your Gear
If all else fails, the problem may lie in your hardware. New golfers in particular likely haven’t invested in clubs that deliver consistently accurate drives. Many slicers use drivers with far too little loft because they think this helps with ball flight. However, more loft means you don’t hold the club face open at impact, making it easier for your hands to release properly.
Good clubs have a lot to do with your performance. Consider getting a driver with adjustable lofts. Using the adjustment tool, you can move the weight closer to the club head’s heel, increasing loft. An adjustable, high-quality driver can be a fantastic investment if you want more enjoyable rounds of golf with far fewer slices.
Keep these tips in mind when you work on your slice. Spend time developing a proper swing plane. Remember, the swing plane is only straight on-target for an instant, so it’s crucial to correct your thinking if you assume the swing plane is more level than it actually is. If these tips don’t work out, you can always find a coach to help you work out bad habits.