Do you often find yourself playing a shot straight but curves hard to the right in the air (for a right-handed player) and end up falling into the roughs or even water hazards?
Don’t worry, you are not alone in this sort of problem. You are having a slicing issue and unable to control it. This is the article where you will have a complete guide about how to fix your slice with a driver in the easiest way.
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Professional golfers are able to play the slice deliberately and control it. Not only the slice, but they are also actually capable of playing and controlling different shots. Control on each stroke is crucial, whether it’s hitting from the tee or chipping or putting the balls. Suppose you are practicing hard on putting the ball into the hole and successfully doing it but it takes 2-3 strokes more than par to reach there. What’s the point of practicing so much putting drills if you can’t even take the ball to the fairways?
How embarrassing would this be for you when you see your shot going away from the hole and hitting an object or going on to the rough or into the water hazards? It may cause you to lose distance, accuracy, and your temper. More importantly, if you tee off properly and cover a good ground from the first shot you are having a head start to that round.
If the symptoms we described earlier match you then you are probably failing to control your slice shot. So, what is a slice shot in golf? A slice is any shot that bends to the right in the air (for a right-handed player) or left in the air (for a left-handed player). To control it, firstly you need to find out why you keep slicing your driver? A slice shot is caused by a poor grip and setup, an outside-to-in downswing path and an open clubface. An outside-to-in path occurs when the golfer reaches too far on the downside, bringing the club down to the right of the ball (outside), relative to the target line.
To eliminate the slice you need the proper grip and setup, an inside-to-out downswing path and a square clubface. After making these corrections you can enjoy a slice-free golf game. So, here I am going to explain how you can fix a slice. Remember, I am directing you as a right-handed player. If you are left-handed do the process using the left hand.
How to Fix Your Slice
A few simple steps to straighten golf shots from slicing it are the following. Once you know exactly what is wrong with your current stroke play you can jump onto that specific point and rectify it. If you don’t know the specific factor that is bothering you then go through the steps in the same order described.
Aim to the hole as if your shot is going to hit the hole directly. Don’t aim otherwise. A common response I found from the golfers who regularly slice their drives is to aim left. Though, this makes sense for professionals or golfers who can control it a bit: if you’re confident your ball will move significantly left to right, then you can aim left. Even if you aim left, we mean to aim slightly left of the target, not 50 yards away to the roughs.
But it is suggested that you should not have a bad habit of aiming left too often because it makes the problem worse. You are then forced to continually make the same mistake in order to keep the ball in play. This reinforces a bad habit, something we don’t want to do.
Put your golf ball in the proper position
You might own one of the best golf balls to perform better. With the help of a right golf ball, you may tailor your swing style and the flight of your golf balls. It may also help you with the green to an extent as well. But positioning the ball and having the right stance is more important than owning a good golf ball. This is the simplest of problems that can fix your slice with immediate impact.
Push the ball a little back in your stance, and you’ll be able to have much more natural swing. If you’re hitting a driver (when it is most likely to cause a devastating slice), the ball should be slightly inside your left heel. But for 3 iron or 7 iron the ball should be placed much inside. So, adjust your ball position according to your shot requirement. You can take help from the ultimate ball position guide as well.
Take the right driver
Like the right balls and ball position, choosing the right golf club is important. Every golf club has its unique features and purposes. Whether it’s a putter or a driver or even the irons, you can’t hit every time with the same club. If you know which club to use when and use it properly, then you can skip this section. This is just to recheck that your slices are not caused by wrong club selection. If you just begin to play golf and don’t know it, you can read our ultimate guide here.
Reconstruct your grip
A wrong grip can surely impact on your control over your golf shots. Analyze your grip now and check if/whether it is okay or not. If you find that your left hand (assuming a right-handed golfer) is too far underneath the club at the point of set up that inevitably opens the clubface which might be causing you a slice.
Grip the club with the left hand first (again, for a right-handed golfer). Position the grip mainly in the fingers of your left hand. With the club grounded, you should be able to see at least two knuckles of your left hand as you look down at the club. Golfers with a big slice should strive to see three knuckles of the left hand. The “V” formed by your left index finger and thumb should point toward your right shoulder. Set your right-hand grip to compliment the left. The “V” formed by your right index finger and thumb should also point to your right shoulder.
When you have clubs, balls and grip correct you should have a straight shot. Even if with all these you are unable to have a straight shot than a slice then it is high time you needed to focus on your swing. Inside out swing or Square to square whichever swing you practice to play with needs some modification maybe.
For a proper swing, you need to swing the club back till you see your left shoulder under your chin. Your shoulder turn and backswing are complete once you get the left shoulder under your chin. With the proper shoulder turn, you can swing the club down on an inside-to-out path. Square the clubface by rotating the toe (outside edge) of the club over the heel (inside edge) as you swing through impact. This eliminates an open clubface at impact, which contributes to a slice. Rotating the toe of the club over the heel will straighten out your ball flight or produce a slight right to left flight.
Transfer your weight & release the club prior to impact
The very basic of weight transfer in golf is that your weight should move more towards your back foot as you swing back, then return towards your front foot as you begin your downswing and hit the ball. This is very simple, yet many golfers forget to repeat this on each shot or have a flaw in weight transferring skill. The common mistake found from golfers is that they take the weight to the back foot while backswing but leave it there even when they swing it front and don’t release the club.
Developing a proper release can take some practice, there is only a split second difference between timely forearm release – and a straight drive – and a forearm release which comes too late. So, practice it a few times; at least 10-15 times for better outcomes. You can take help from our ultimate swing guide where I discussed how you can master a swing from basics.
How to Fix A Slice (Tutorial)
A visual can express thousands of words easily. The following video summarizes what I explained here to help you understand better.
Control on each stroke is crucial, whether it’s hitting from the tee or chipping or putting the balls. That is why professional golfers stand out from the rest as they are able to control their shots and get to the expected outcomes. Slicing a shot is a common problem found at the beginner level and that is why I have discussed the solution in this article with 6 simple stages.
Though I have described from a right-handed golfer's point of view, if you are a left-handed golfer, do the same just interchange your main hand. The video from Rick Shiels PGA attached here is the visual form of what I analyzed and described in the article. This will help you better understand. If you have any queries or further problems you need a discussion to let us know we will cover them.