How to Hit a Slice in Golf

By Bill Herrfeldt
Slicing the ball causes it to curve right.
Slicing the ball causes it to curve right.

Your golf ball lands where there is a tree between it and the green. Because you can easily reach the green otherwise, you have two choices. Assuming you are right-handed, you can go over the tree or you can hit to the left of it with a slice. If you are left-handed, you'll go over the tree or to the right of it. Assuming that you choose the latter, you'll need to do several things with your weight, feet and swing to pull off that shot.

Set your feet correctly when addressing the ball. Instead of being lined up with your left foot between your right foot and the hole (assuming you are right-handed), bring your left foot back about 3 to 4 inches to create what is called an “open stance”. That type of stance makes it easier to hit a slice.

Place the majority of your weight on the side of your body that's closer to the target and let it stay there while you make your swing. By doing so, you will have less time to rotate your shoulders and hips which will cause your club face to stay slightly open as it hits the ball. Normally, that action will cause you to slice the ball.

Take the golf club back more on the outside than your normal swing. Then, on your downswing, bring the club down closer to your body, cutting across the golf ball at impact. By doing so, you will be creating more spin on the ball, which will make it bend.

Plan your golf shot based on the condition of your lie. If you are in the fairway, you should be able to make the ball slice easily. But if your ball is in the rough and there is a lot of grass behind the ball, it might be more difficult to create a slice because the grass will reduce the amount of spin. Choose the shot that is most likely to have positive results.

About the Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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