Golf Tips: How to Cure a Slice

By Cecilia Harsch
Practicing proper alignment, as tour pro Paul Casey does here,  is the first step in curing a slice.
Practicing proper alignment, as tour pro Paul Casey does here, is the first step in curing a slice.

The slice is a common problem that some golfers have when striking the ball. They hit the ball toward the target, but the ball takes a drastic curve from left to right. The problem occurs during the swing when the player closes the club face and cuts across the ball rather than follow the ball straight through the strike. Making some minor adjustments to your stance, your grip and your swing can help cure your slice.

Line your shoulders up with your target and stand with your feet shoulder width apart. The instep of your front foot should line up with the ball. Line the clubface up with the ball, bending over slightly to where your torso is at a 90-degree angle to your club shaft. Relax your hands and arms, and use a neutral grip on your club, do not squeeze.

Draw your club into your backswing. Imagine a rope attached to the sky and tied to your hands at the top of the backswing. As you start to swing back to the ball, imagine pulling that rope and the sky straight down to the ground. This helps keep the club square to the ball through your swing.

Look for a focus target 3 to 4 inches directly in front of your ball. As you swing down toward the ball, focus on the target in front of your golf ball and follow through with your club head, striking the ball and your target. This helps the club head follow through on a straight line. You can practice this at the driving range by placing a golf tee loosely in the ground 3 to 4 inches in front of your golf ball. As you hit the ball, knock the tee out of the ground.

About the Author

Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.

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