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12 Ways To Fix Your Golf Slice Forever

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There are many reasons you may be turning your back on a hole in one, or actually finding the fairway. Yes, fairways definitely do exist and are not there to give you a pleasant stroll before you search the woods for your lost ball. The slice is one of the most frustrating golf shots that amateurs make. It can fill you with dread walking up to the tee box and seeing an out-of-bounds sign or water on the right (left for you lefties).

Yet, you don’t have to experience such heartache in your golf game. Trips to the water hazard can be a thing of the past. Never again should you sheepishly walk over to the next fairway to hit your ball back to the fairway you should actually be on.

Here at The Golf Experts, we’ve researched some of the best advice available to help you fix your golf slice forever. 

Strengthen your grip

If the big ole banana slice ball flight is a regular feature in your golf game, perhaps you need to adjust your grip. Lazy grip fundamentals will influence the club face at impact and destroy your round.

A poor grip or an incorrect for your swing mechanics grip will make it impossible to swing on the correct path. Your subconscious plays a huge part in your swing path and how the golf club face contacts to the ball.

A weak left hand encourages a more open club face. Your subconscious knows when the club face is open during the downswing. It will alter your path to avoid a massive push slice. An open club face is the main reason you will battle with an out-to-in swing path. And we all know that open club face + out-to-in path = slice time.

A simple way to square up the club face is to strengthen your grip. To do this, wrap your lead hand over the grip of the golf club more. You should be able to see at least 3 knuckles. Then rotate your trail hand so that the V formed between your thumb and forefinger points over your right shoulder.

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Apply the correct grip pressure

Golfers who slice the ball often feel that their grip pressure is too light. In fact, if you’re having a good round and all of a sudden you start slicing, the most common thing that happened is that your grip pressure increased by accident. The correct amount of grip pressure for most golfers is like holding a tube of toothpaste without the paste squeezing out!

Too much grip pressure will cause you to overswing, which will make it difficult for you to keep control during contact with the ball. Too little grip pressure will cause you to slice because it’s harder for you to hit down through impact to avoid rolling over the ball at impact.

So try increasing or decreasing your normal level of grip pressure until it feels right.

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Stop aiming left

One typical cause of slicing the ball is aiming left of your target. When you aim left, your swing path is too steep, which causes you to strike down on the ball with an open club face and send it to the right. The opposite can happen when you aim right – now you’re hitting up at it, so the ball flies straight but low. You shouldn’t compensate by aiming more in the opposite direction of your slice.

Correct ball position

Did you know you can play much better golf by mastering the fundamentals? One of those fundamentals is the position of the ball in relation to your shoulder pivot.

Your golf swing and the release of the golf club are all pivoted around the shoulder joint of your lead arm. Let me explain – pick up a golf club, take off your trail hand and make a few swings with your lead arm only. Feel like your arm is a pendulum, smoothly swinging back and through. Notice how the club wants to naturally release. When you do this, pay attention to where the club bottoms out, it should be straight under your lead shoulder.

When you hit a driver, the ball position should be just inside your left heel. This is so you can hit up on the ball. Think about it, the club bottoms out under your lead shoulder. Which means it will be moving up as it strikes the ball which is in line with your left heel. Hitting up on the ball creates less spin, resulting in more distance.

When you hit your irons, the ball position should be just inside your lead shoulder. This is so you can strike down on the ball.

Tilt your upper body away from the target

One quick way to fix your golf slice is to always be set up so that your upper body has a slight tilt away from the ball. This helps you have a better angle in your downswing which will promote a more in-to-out swing path. It will also stop you from getting into the dreaded “reverse pivot” at the top of your backswing. Here is how to apply the correct amount of tilt:

  1. Get into your swing position and grip the club with your lead hand only. 
  2. Take your trail hand and slide it down your trail leg. 
  3. Grip the club with your trail hand. 
  4. You’ll know you’ve slid down enough if your trail hand lines up just underneath your lead hand and you can still grip the club in the correct way
  5. You will have more tilt with a driver than you will with an iron. Don’t overdo it!

Check your posture and stance width

Most golfers do not hinge in the correct way when lining up to the ball. They tend to use too much knee flex and not actually hinge from their hips. Here are the correct steps to have a pro posture:

  1. Hinge forward from your hips
  2. Keep your weight stacked over your ankles
  3. Your hips will move back as your body moves forward as a counterbalance.

Stance width is also another important fundamental to get right. It’s important that you set up with the correct stance width. If you don’t, your head will move all over the place as you swing. You are also going to struggle to shift your weight, which is so critical in producing a decent swing. There is a misconception that your stance width should be the width of your shoulders. Or you should be nice and wide to create stability. None of these are correct! You should be looking at your hips to determine how wide your stance width is

  1. Find your neutral alignment, this is where the center of your ankles, knees and hip stack up over each other.
  2. This is when your legs are straight up and down under your hips
  3. Then move your legs a couple of inches outside of this neutral line.
  4. This will give you a stable base for rotating back and through and allow you to shift your weight to the left better.
  5. For a driver shot, you can add an extra inch outside of neutral
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Point the clubface more at the ball in the backswing

Slicers have a tendency to open up the club face during the initial takeaway. As you take the club back, try and get the face pointing more down to the ground. Some of the best players in the world have a bowed wrist at the top of the backswing (Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm). A feeling to do this is to feel like you’re bowing your wrist. Using the logo on your glove as a guide, it should be pointing straight up at the sky. This will have a strong influence on the club face at impact and help keep it square to the target.

Check your wrist angle at the top of the swing

On the subject of wrist angles, you should try to avoid a cupped lead wrist at the top of your swing. A cupped wrist means the club face is wide open and will lead to a slice if not corrected. This happens to so many golfers and most don’t understand what causes it and how to fix it. A cupped wrist goes hand in hand with a flying trail side elbow – your elbow has elevated away from your body. This forces your trail wrist to flatten out and causes your lead wrist to cup.

The good news is it’s easy to fix, the bad news is that it won’t feel comfortable at first.

Solution? Take your trail hand off the club. Swing back to the top. You’ll notice that the wrist wants to naturally flatten out and bow due to gravity and the weight of the club. Practice this movement to get the feeling of a flat wrist. Then, when you’re comfortable doing that, start bringing back your trail hand at the top of the swing to support the club. You’ll notice that the trail wrist will arch back and not cause your lead wrist to cup.

Shallow out the club in transition

Swinging over the top is a major contributor to hitting a slice. Most amateurs struggle to drop the club into the slot. When you look at the pros, their hands drop straight down. Amateurs tend to have their hands move out toward the ball and cause a steep angle of attack.

The solution is all to do with those initial movements in the transition from backswing to downswing. You must first shift your weight back to your lead side and keep those shoulders back or closed. As your weight shifts, and assuming your arms are passive, the arms will naturally drop down into the slot. When the club is parallel to the ground, you should expect your hands to be in front of your rear thigh. From here, you just need to release the club.

Over exaggeration is your friend here. Are your hands firing out towards the ball during the transition? Then try exaggerating the natural shallowing of the club by pulling it down. Feel like as you get to the top and start to transition that your pulling down on a chain. This will definitely help you fix your golf slice.

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Shift your weight in transition

Weight shift is one aspect of the golf swing that amateurs struggle so much with. In particular, shifting back to the lead side when completing the backswing. The main reason for this is that amateurs tend to use the upper body to start the downswing, not the lower body. They use their shoulders, arms and hands to move the golf club back to the ball. Watch the pros. You’ll notice they all start the downswing by engaging their lower body.  Usually by shifting their weight from their rear leg to the lead leg.

Here’s an excellent drill to practise the correct movement. Swing back to the top, stop, and check that the majority of your weight is on the rear leg. Then without moving your shoulders or arms, move most of your weight back to your lead leg. leaning into the lead side by pressing into the ground with the ball of your lead foot is good way to feel this movement. And that’s it, weight transferred, job done.

Change your club path into the ball

Knowing about club path as you come into contact with the ball is important. An out to in swing path is the cause of a slice. Let’s aim for an in to out path with a more closed face, this will give you a nice little draw. An intervention drill is the best way to start learning how to achieve this:

  • Place a soft obstacle 5 or 6 inches to the left side of your ball and 5 or 6 inches towards your feet. By missing the head cover you’ll definitely be on an in to out path. A plastic bottle or a head cover are great obstacles.
  • Get a basket and an alignment rod. Place the basket about a meter to the right of your ball. Or far enough to the right so that when you take the club back it doesn’t strike the basket. Place the alignment stick through the basket at an angle that matches the club you are using. For example, if you’re using a driver the angle will be more shallow. An iron, the angle will be steeper. The idea with this drill it to swing under the alignment stick as you swing down from the top of your back swing. By swinging underneath the stick, you’ll be on a much shallower plane and be swinging from the inside.

Allow the toe of the club to rotate

A lot of slicers have a tendency to open the club face through the shot. Their arms separate from each other (Chicken wing look) which allows the club face to open. You need to get the sensation of allowing the toe of the club to rotate over as you come through the shot. You can achieve this by feeling that your right forearm is crossing over your left forearm. It’s important here to not confuse your forearms with your wrists. Crossing over your wrists will lead to scoopy shots that go high and not travel very far. Have a look at the pros. When the club is at lead arm parallel (or 3 O’Clock), their forearms have crossed over. You can see the fingers of their lead hand and the lead hand is underneath the rear hand. This notion of letting the toe rotate is also referred to as releasing the club.

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Know where you strike the club face

Knowing where on the club face you strike the ball is such an important aspect of the golf swing. It is yet, often overlooked. If the contact point on the face is towards the toe of the club, it will tend to produce a shot that draws or hooks. If the contact point is towards the heel of the club, will produce a fade or slice. A lot of slicers tend to hit ball towards the heel or even worse, the hosel of the club. Hitting the hosel will produce the dreaded shank.

You could have a pretty straight path and a square face as you strike the ball. But if you’re striking from the heel, you will invariably hit a poor shot. One that feels slappy and weak and produces a slice shot shape.

Athletes foot spray is your friend here. Spray it on your club face and it’ll leave a white mist. Take your practice shot, you’ll notice that a dimple shaped mark will be where the ball contacted the club face. Are you hitting too close to the heel? Are you already shallowing the club with an in to out swing? If so, you might be standing too close to the ball. So try moving back an inch or so.

Here’s a great video on fixing your golf slice

The Cut line

Do not forget, open club face + out to in club path = slice time. Club face at impact is so important so it’s best to work on squaring up that club face first. When you’ve mastered the club face, you’ll notice that you start hooking it rather than slicing it. Believe it or not, this is a good thing! This means you’re successfully squaring the club face. But because of the out to in club path, the ball is going left rather than right. Now is the time to start working on the club path and turn that hook into a nice baby draw or straight shot. Now, get down the range!

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Tommy is a confirmed golf fanatic. He's been playing golf for 20 years and just loves everything about the game. His dad used to play golf a lot and watch the PGA and European Tours, so Tommy started watching too. Now he knows a lot about golf and loves to coach people and help them play better.

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