Want to Know How to Correct a Slice?
There are several things you need to consider and take into account when correcting your golf slice. Let’s look at the typical culprits in this short video. Julie discusses the typical culprits on how to correct your slice:
The Impact of the Ball in Correcting Golf Slice
The first step in correcting your slice is to understand why the ball is “slicing” to the right. It comes first from the impact of the club head to the ball. It means the ball is spinning in a clockwise rotation and thus curving the ball to the right. In order to make this happen the club will have to be swinging more from the right to the left and the club head must be slightly open to the right. If you were trying to slice the ball, this is how you would approach this shot.
So, to correct your slice, we now understand how it’s happening and we can adjust. Another clear sign of your slice being due to golf club head impact is by looking at the divot, if you leave one. If your divot is pointing from right to left, that means your club head is coming through the ball at too much of an angle from right to left and forcing the ball to spin clockwise.
The Grip Matters
While the grip itself has little if nothing to do with slicing of the ball, it has everything to do with the cause of your slice. To cause a slice, your grip has to cause your club head to not impact the ball squarely. So, the good new is in correcting a slice all we need to focus on making sure your grip is accurate and correct.
The interesting thing about a grip is how individualized it can be. For instance, the perfect golf grip for one player will cause another player to slice the ball. Frustrating, isn’t it? So, while we will give you advice on how to avoid a slice by having a better golf grip, we can only give general advice on this topic. For more specialized instruction on the grip and all aspects of your golf game, go to our Free Golf Clinic.
Grip the club as if you were preparing for your drive. Look at your hands on the shaft. If your hands are positioned far too much to the left on the club, your club head will end up pointing too much to the right at the impact of the ball, causing a slice. To fix this, try subtle adjustments to your grip to the right and back to the left to find your own personal sweet spot to avoid slicing the ball.
One of the fixes most golfers will try to make with correcting a slice is to “over-compensate”. For most players, if you are slicing to the right, it would seem natural and logical to aim more to the left to avoid having your ball end up in the next fairway or out of bounds. However, this is exactly what you shouldn’t do as the more you aim to the left, this will cause your swing’s arc to be too far to the left which will only worsen the slicing effect of your swing.
Another check you can do to make sure your stance is not causing your slice is to lay a club on the ground parallel to the line you are aiming at your target. Your hips, knees and feet should all be parallel to that club you’ve laid on the ground in front of you.
In most cases, fixing your grip and your stance will correct your slice. If you work on these two areas and still find yourself with a slice of more than 5%, you should start looking at other parts of your swing as the culprit.
While there are a number of issues within your backswing which can cause a person to consistently slice their ball, there are two basic flaws which make up a majority of the issues.
First is that your club is too high in your backswing. Video yourself so you can watch later, or have a friend watch as you swing and impact the ball. If you have a friend watch, have them see if your left arm seems “too straight” at the top of your backswing. If you see this, chances are your club is too high in your backswing which can cause over-rotation when you bring the club head through the hitting zone.
To fix this problem, simply try not taking your club head so far back into your backswing and focus on keeping your left arm bent slightly through your swing.
The second major issue within the backswing that can cause a slice is a twisting or clockwise (counter-clockwise for left-handed players) turning of the shaft during your backswing.
The simple way to fix this problem is to just hold the club at a grip level to 2-3 on a scale of 1-10. Hold it tight enough that you won’t let it slip out of your hands. The problem most people have is they worry too much about letting the club fly out of their hand so they over-compensate on the grip pressure. By holding the club too tight, your natural reaction is to over swing thus causing the club head to come through too quickly and hit the ball at an angle from right to left.
In Closing about Correcting a Slice
Remember, your best indicator of if you are doing things right will be what your ball is doing. If you make a minor adjustment and your slice is now better than it was before, good for you. Watch your ball and see what it does. If you follow our instructions and see an improvement that is great news! Now, try something else or try making the change you just made bigger and see what your ball tells you.
At the end of the day, your ball won’t lie to you. Listen to it. Watch how it approaches the green. Watch it in flight and see if the subtle changes you’ve made, using these suggestions, are helping to get rid of your slice forever.
If you are still having issues, go back to the beginning of these instructions and start again. Most times, the grip and the stance will be the starting point at how to correct a slice, and then by improving your back swing you will be able to get all the way to where you want to be.
This article is written, edited and compiled by the staff at Great Golf Solutions. Please note that all instructions and tips listed here are from the perspective of a right-handed player. Therefore, if you play golf left-handed, please be sure to reverse the side, direction and other instructions for a left-handed player.