What is a Slice?
A slice is a ball that starts right and then cuts sharply left. So, in essence, a slice is produced by a negatively-lofted club head at impact. In other words, your club head ends up below your hands at impact. If you hold your hands up, that would be the club head slicing THROUGH the plane of your hands.
This looks horrible because the ball immediately veers off to the left, and you are left hoping for a lucky bounce back into the fairway. Having to play your next shot from the rough is no fun for anyone.
But the biggest downside of slicing your golf shots is that it makes you play a LOT of bad golf. It also will add around 10-15% to your total strokes on every hole.
There are, of course, things you can do to greatly reduce or eliminate your slice.
What Causes a Sliced Golf Shot?
A sliced golf shot is one that curves from right to left. This happens when you hit the ball from an inside to out path. The club face points to the left of the target line when it strikes the ball.
The slice spin is caused by three factors:
- Lofting the club too much
- A weak grip pressure
- An early release
Your club face is the imaginary mirror image of the club. The club face aims at the spot where the club head will strike the ball. If you need to slice the ball, that means you have hit from outside to inside, which is more difficult than inside to outside.
So, you must start the ball from the inside and finish it on the outside. The club face should be closed when you strike the ball.
You would slice the ball if you hit the ball from the inside with an open club face. This is an easy fix if you have any of these three mistakes.
4 Ways to Stop Slicing The Golf Ball
If you are a golfer who slices the ball, what do you do about it? You can’t simply stop slicing the golf ball, can you?
You may not even be aware that you are slicing the ball. However, if you’re a beginner or new to golf, you will probably hit the ball with a natural slice action since you are trying to keep the ball low over the fairway. Alternatively, you may be slicing the ball by accident.
Noticing that you hit the ball with a slice is common to everyone, although some players are more likely to notice that than others. When you are trying to make contact with the ball, you are focusing on the way you hit the ball, not on which direction you hit the ball.
But when you are watching a professional golfer tee off, you will notice that he is keeping the ball low and straight. How do you hit it low and straight? By knowing your swing, you can adjust your ball position to know whether or not you are slicing it.
Check Your Equipment
If you find yourself slicing the ball consistently, it may be due to your equipment.
If you have a heavy club with too much loft, you may find yourself digging into the ground before making contact with the ball, causing you to miss the shot to the left.
If you are hitting from a bad stance, it is hard to aim the ball correctly and therefore you misdirect your swing, causing you to miss to the left.
If you have not hit in awhile, you may be out of shape and it will be hard to take a full swing and hit the ball straight.
If your grip is too loose, you might be robbing yourself of a strong swing.
The Simple Guide to Selecting the Right Shaft
When you step up to the pro shop to buy a new golf club, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area, you may be overwhelmed by the selection. There are so many different clubs, shaft materials, lengths and even colors to choose from that you may walk away confused or even overwhelmed.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though. There is a lot of technology that goes into shaft technology, so it can be overwhelming. But a good pro shop should help sort through it all. If you steer away from just the hype and get a good professional’s advice, you’ll have a much better chance of finding the club that is right for you.
Using the correct golf club shaft will make all the difference in how you play, and which golf club is best suited to your needs. So understanding how to pick the right shaft for your game can make all the difference in your game.
Adjust Your Setup
One of the easiest things you can do is adjust your setup. Start by placing your feet in a comfortable position. They should be positioned about shoulder-width apart. You want them to be right under your shoulders.
Next, you will want to place your ball and adjust it as close to the standard position as possible. This is just under the center of your stance.
By adjusting your setup, you will be able to easily align your body with your golf club at impact.
And it will improve your ability to keep the club head on plane with your body and your body still and motionless behind the ball.
Be sure to stay in the correct position for your full swing and approach shot.
Don’t Aim Left
I saw a guy playing in a local tournament a couple of weeks ago. He was slicing the ball off the tee like you wouldn’t believe.
He was really thin to the target.
And when he made contact, he would hit the ground in front of him hooking the ball violently to the left. I was thinking to myself: Where’s the advantage of hitting a ball to the left of the target?
It’s often the most insidious problem for the beginning golfer. They slice so much that their buddies thought they were playing lefty.
But it’s easy to fix.
If you’re having a hard time keeping the ball on the fairway, the way to fix it is to aim a little to the right of the target.
It will help you hit the ball to the left of the target, and you’ll cut down on your slicing.
Square The Club Face Earlier
A lot of golfers grip the club tightly in an effort to to make a solid contact with the ball. This allows you to pull the club toward you at impact.
This is fine for a ball hit straight ahead, but when you start slicing the ball, it’s the last thing you want to do.
If you have a tendency to slice the ball, take your normal set-up position and hold the club face close to the ball. Slightly close the face of the club in the middle of your swing and don’t pull the club toward you.
Instead, try turning your body at the bottom of your swing so that you can straighten the path of your swing for a solid contact.
Final Thoughts on Slicing the Golf Ball
As you can see, it doesn’t have to be intimidating to try out a new strategy. With only a few simple changes in thinking, you can go from the dreaded slicer to the feared hitter of golf balls! Feeling confident with your ball on the tee is the first step to success. And with that confidence, you can start aiming farther out, hitting the ball harder, and hopefully seeing better results on the course.
Stick to your practice drills at the range and practice applying these strategies when on the course.
Just keep in mind that it will take time for new habits to develop. So be sure to stick to your practice routine and maintain your regular practice schedule.
Also, realize that learning to hit the golf ball in the air takes time and patience. Don’t let this pass you by!
So what are you waiting for?! Start practicing your new slice-busting strategies to see immediate results.
Keep in mind that if you’re making progress, you’ll want to perfect your golf swing and skills. That is why I’ve created a lot more FREE video lessons, tips, and videos to help you learn more about the fundamentals of the golf swing. You can access this information at the following link.