Golf Tips to Cure the Slice

By John Wagner
A correct, firm grip will help in squaring the club at the point of impact.
A correct, firm grip will help in squaring the club at the point of impact.

One of the more common shots that an amateur golfer hits is a slice, which is a shot that curves hard to the right. It is very difficult to control and often gets golfers into big trouble on the golf course. If you suffer from a bad slice with the driver or any other clubs, you need to focus on a few keys to enjoy a slice-free game.

Grip

Many golfers who hit a slice do so because of a poor grip. If you grip the club to high in the palm of your left hand, you will have a tendency to leave the club face open at impact, which makes the ball slice to the right. The correct grip should be more in the fingers of the left hand. You should be able to look down at your left hand and see at least two knuckles after gripping the club. If you can't see two knuckles, you need to grip the club more in the fingers. This grip will allow the club face to square up at impact.

Clubface

One of the characteristics of a slice is an open club face at impact. So, to correct a slice you need to keep the club face more square as you swing the club back. The proper grip will help to keep the club face square, but you must also keep your left wrist flat. Most golfers who slice will cup the left wrist at the top of the backswing. If you can keep the left wrist flat as you get to the top of the backswing, you will have a square club face and hit the ball much straighter.

Swing Path

Golfers who slice the ball swing on an outside to an inside path as they approach the ball. This path, along with the open club face, is what generates the slice spin on the ball. To correct an outside to inside swing path, you need to get a full shoulder turn on the backswing. Getting a full shoulder turn on the backswing will allow you to drop the club down on an inside path to the ball. This will create an inside to out path that can produce a straight shot, or a shot that curves to the left. You will know you have completed a full shoulder turn if you can see your left shoulder under your chin at the top of your backswing.

About the Author

John Wagner is a certified golf instructor and professional golfer with more than 10 years of experience. As a certified GolfTEC, TPI Level 3 and Chuck Cook Golf Instructor, he has given more than 9,000 golf lessons.

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