Cure Your Slice
Before you can fix any major flaws in your swing it is important to understand the science behind why you slice the ball.
The slice is caused by the path that the club travels as it makes contact with the ball and therefore where the face is pointing.
Ideally we would have a direction that goes straight through to the target, from just before impact, at impact and just after.
If the path is traveling across, from out-to-in, that imparts the tilted axis and the spin that takes the ball on a left to right flight (for right handed golfers). This also explains why slices and pulls are linked.
Once you understand how a slice is produced we can take a look at the causes of that swing path and how to prevent a slice. Here are my 4 tips to cure your slice and they are designed to improve bothe the path of your swing and the way the club works through impact to improve the quality and accuracy of your strikes.
1 Release the club
This might be a term that you have heard before but perhaps didn’t fully understand it. A lack of release refers to a lack of forearm rotation into the ball.
It is a release of the angles that were built up in the backswing, the right wrist, the left wrist and through the right elbow.
If you are late in releasing those angles and don’t rotate the forearms that often means that the shoulders lead, the club comes across the ball and the face is pointing right. This causes the slice that will cost you both distance and accuracy.
A good drill to avoid that is to take your normal address position but to hover the club about a foot off the ground.
From there take the club half way back and work on rotating the forearms through the impact zone. Repeat over and over to get the feeling of the right positions.
2 Improve your weight transfer
Another common cause of the slice is not transferring weight correctly, or incorrect sequencing as you could call it.
What I mean by that is that the body doesn’t work as it should do. So often I see players get to a good position at the top but them start down with the shoulders, weight isn’t transferred onto the left side and this means the club comes down outside the correct line. A poor body rotation lies at the heart of the problem.
If you combine that with a late release the results can be disastrous. A good drill to encourage the correct weight transfer is to place your golf bag right next to your front foot at address.
Feel your left thigh up against your thigh at setup. As you swing back you will move slightly away from the bag but as you lead down with the hips you should return to touching the bag.
It’s a good drill because if you overdo the transfer the bag will fall over.
3 Ball Position
Something as simple as your ball position can be the cause of a slice. If the ball is set too far forwards in your stance this will set an outside swing path, causing you swing down across the ball.
With the driver should be just inside your left heel. This is a good check to make every time you are working on your game.
4 Grip check
Another reason that golfers struggle to release the club is due to a weak grip. With the top hand too far underneath the club it becomes very difficult to square the face through impact.
At address check that you can see two knuckles on your top hand to ensure that the grip is neutral so that you can release the club through impact. If you can groove a better hand position at address, this will really help to fix your slice.
Shot on location at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Turkey by Tom Miles