Even if you’re not playing 18 holes on the course every week, the slice is tough to deal with. It strikes fear into the heart of every golfer. Instead, we want that right-to-left spin called a “draw” (if you’re right handed) that keeps the ball on target and can easily add 10 to 20 yards to each club. So how can we do that?
You’re in luck because we’re going to show you the quick and easy fixes to cure your slice, hit more draws, start shooting lower scores, and save you hundreds of dollars you would’ve spent on golf lessons. Avoid these mistakes the next time you peg one up on the tee to keep your ball in the short grass—and out of the woods.
Most mistakes can be found before you even start your swing. Where do your feet aim? Where do your shoulders aim? How far is the ball from your feet? Is the golf ball far forward in your stance (closer toward the target) or is it too far back in your stance?
If your stance consistently aims to the left, for example, you’ll naturally find a way to push the ball to keep it on target. Instead, lay a club on the ground to help yourself consistently set up correctly to your target.
Grip Is Too Weak
Slices are caused when the clubface stays open (angled outward) through impact, which puts sidespin on the ball. Often, beginners have a weak grip, which leaves the clubface open at impact. Instead, using a stronger grip helps you get the clubface square through the ball.
To strengthen your grip, if you’re right-handed, turn your left hand over so you can see more knuckles. As you swing through the ball, a strong grip will help you keep the clubface closed (facing straight down the fairway) compared to your swing path, which will help you eliminate the slice and get more draws.
Plane Is Too Flat
The swing plane is an imaginary two-dimensional plane that follows the line that your club shaft makes (when looking from behind the ball). Often, beginners have a swing plane that’s too flat — when viewed from the side, their club shaft is far too horizontal (or like swinging a baseball bat). As they go through impact, they lack the strength and skill to close the clubface and they send the ball curving on a slice.
Instead, make sure the club is on the correct swing path. Practice swinging the club as you would a baseball bat, then progressively lower the swing until you’re in a more vertical/upright position.
Outside-In Swing Path
If you have a chronic slice, you might have an outside-in swing path: while in the takeaway, instead of drawing the clubhead straight back, it drifts slightly up and away from the body forcing you to pull it back in during the downswing, resulting in a side spin.
The fix: On the takeaway, imagine drawing the clubhead straight back and don’t allow your elbows to flare out. On the downswing, avoid “chopping” at the ball and keep your elbows slightly tucked in.
If nothing else works, it could be your equipment. Many beginners don’t have the clubhead speed to necessitate a clubshaft with normal (or higher) stiffness — this could potentially cause your clubface to always be open at impact.
If this is the case, go to a golf equipment store and take a few swings in the testing area to determine your clubhead speed. Based on this data, they can give you a recommendation for best clubshaft for your swing.