Golf Slice Cures

By George N. Root III
To cure a slice, make sure your feet, hips and shoulders are parallel  to the target line.
To cure a slice, make sure your feet, hips and shoulders are parallel to the target line.

There are few things more frustrating in the game of golf than thinking you made a good swing only to watch your ball cut across the fairway and out of sight into the woods. A slice can appear for what seems to be no reason, and it can happen to anyone. Just remember that a slice can be cured with some good advice and time spent on the driving range.

Check Your Feet

One of the primary causes of a slice is that your feet and shoulders are not in line and square to the target. When you assume your stance, place a golf club on the ground pointed at the target. Your feet should be in line with the golf club, and your shoulders should also be pointing straight at the target as well. If your feet are positioned back from the club on the ground, then you could be in danger of slicing your shot. Work on properly aligning your feet and shoulders, and you can start to cure your slice.

Step Away from the Ball

A golf swing should be in a straight line on target with the pin. Getting too close to the ball on the swing will cause an outside-in result. That happens when a golfer moves the clubhead outside the swing plane on the backswing and then brings it inside the swing plane just before contact. In order to make sure you are the proper distance from the ball, extend your arms completely when you address the ball. Flex your knees and keep your back straight as you bring the club down behind the ball. If your arms are extended and your back is straight when the club is behind the ball, you are the proper distance from the ball. Flex your knees to change your stance.

Watch for Contact

Sometimes a slice occurs because of something as simple as the clubface making contact with the ball outside the club's sweet spot (the center of the clubface). If you close the clubface too much and make bad contact, you will slice. One of the best ways to cure the problem is to make sure you keep your head down and watch the clubface make contact with the ball. Good hand-eye coordination can help eliminate a slice.

About the Author

George N. Root III began writing professionally in 1985. His publishing credits include a weekly column in the "Lockport Union Sun and Journal" along with the "Spectrum," the "Niagara Falls Gazette," "Tonawanda News," "Watertown Daily News" and the "Buffalo News." Root has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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