What Do I Do When I Slice in Golf?

By Clint Hale
Fixing a golf slice can be done through some simple steps.
Fixing a golf slice can be done through some simple steps.

Among the foremost bane of many golfers is the unwanted golf slice. A slice can be caused by many things, but always results in the shot veering hard right (for right-handed golfers) or left (for left-handed players). It makes staying on the fairway difficult and can lead to major problems off the tee box. Fortunately, there are ways to fix a golf slice.

Strengthen the Grip

A weak grip, one that is turned counter-clockwise (clockwise for left-handed players) can cause the clubface to open when the ball is struck, which can cause a slice. To avoid this, try turning the grip a bit to the right (left for left-handed golfers), which will help strengthen the grip. This does not mean to hold the club more strongly, as doing so can also cause a slice.

Speed Up Swing

Speeding up a swing by pulling the club further back before swinging is another way to potentially address a golf slice. Pulling the club back further might also cause the lead elbow to straighten out, which can help keep a ball up the middle while avoiding a slice or hook.

No More Chicken Wing

Don't allow the lead elbow to fly away from the body during the backswing or swing. This is called the chicken wing, and it can lead to a wicked slice. Rather, keep the left elbow (right elbow for left-handed golfers) pinned to the body to help keep the swing straight and, therefore, the ball straight as well off the tee or fairway.

Positioning

Occasionally, a golfer with a bad slice will simply aim their body left (right for left-handed golfers), so that a slice actually ends up in the fairway or on the green. While this works from time to time, most of the time, aiming one way will open up a stance, which in turn promotes a slice. Rather, keep the body positioned straight to promote a straight shot. Also try dropping the right foot back an inch or two (left foot for lefties), which will help aid a full rotation of the body and help ensure a straighter shot.

Keep It Steady

A proper swing will feature the clubhead controlled all the way to the point of impact. Any type of lunging or radical motion can cause a slice, as players often overcompensate to hit a quality swing. To keep steady, the club shaft, clubhead and hands should reside directly above the stance line defined by a golfer's feet.

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