How to Stop Slicing a Golf Drive

By Bill Herrfeldt

When you talk about a slice, you are talking about the #1 problem facing the majority of amateur golfers. The fact is, this is a problem for more than 90 percent of all players today. The dreaded slice can be caused by an improper grip or a swing that is out of balance, which cause an outside-in swing. The more golfers try to compensate for the slice, the worse it becomes. If you are being victimized by your slice that is keeping you from lower scores, here are some ideas that might help.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Always keep your head behind the ball on both your back-swing and follow-through, because if you move it in front of the ball, you will open your club face and that will cause you to slice it. An easy swing-thought is to imagine that there is a wall from the ball moving up from the ground, then to avoid penetrating it during your golf swing.
Step 2
Try this trick the next time you go to the driving range. Instead of aiming away from the direction of your slice, aim toward it. This may seem contrary to traditional thought, but it will cause you to swing the club flatter and it will help rid you of your chronic slice. Most golfers aim away from the slice's direction, but that simply exaggerates the problem because a golf swing usually follows the direction that is created by the shoulders.
Step 3
Release your wrists and hand at the point of impact. The next time you are at the practice range, try letting your bottom hand cross over your top hand at impact. Not only will you reduce the likelihood of a slice, you will increase the speed of your club head at impact and you will hit the golf ball farther. Tennis professionals are very adept at creating topspin, and golf is no different.
Step 4
Do a drill to eliminate your slice the next time you practice. Put your golf ball on a tee and place your driver behind it like you would before hitting it. Then place a golf tee next to the toe of the driver head, and hit the ball without disturbing the tee you've put down. If you are like golfers who slice the ball, you swing the club outside then you cut across the ball, so you will probably hit the tee on you first few shots. With a little practice, your swing will be more on the correct plane, and you will eliminate your slice and you will hit the drive straighter.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.


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