How to Eliminate a Golf Slice

By Glenn Mcanally

A persistent golf slice occurs when the ball curves to the right after impact if you are right-handed, and goes left if you are left-handed. When you slice the ball it shows that you are not following the correct swing path. The cause includes a poor grip, an uneven stance and a sloppy golf swing.

In order for the golf ball to fly straight, your club head must approach the ball at an angle. Your mind makes you think the club head must stay on a straight path to make the ball go straight. Learn the basic setup and execution to eliminate a slice.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Adjust your stance so that the side of your left foot and your left shoulder is pointed at the green or the spot in the fairway where you want the ball to go. Make sure your legs are should-width apart and you are about 18 to 24 inches from the ball. If you are slicing the ball your feet may be pronated may be too close to the ball and too upright.

Once you have the proper stance when addressing the ball, think of a watch face on your left arm as your guide.
Step 2
At the end of your backswing, you want to have the face of your watch as close to a horizontal position as possible.
Step 3
Keep the left knee bent to make sure your club shaft stays on the proper swing plane. This will help your club head move toward the ball from an inside to outside swing path.
Step 4
Start the downswing with your right arm tucked close to your body to help maintain that inside to outside swing path.
Step 5
Stay focused on the ball with your head down and your spine in the same position as when you first set up your body for the swing. Don't pull up your head too quickly because your shoulders will go with it and you will open up and slice the ball.
Step 6
Strike through the ball and follow through with the club with a full hip and shoulder turn after impact. You will feel like you are trying to hit the ball to the right rather than straight.
Step 7
If the ball does not go straight, check your follow-through. If your right upper arm does not push your chin up, then you are swinging on more of an outside to inside swing path.

Tips & Warnings

Stick a golf towel or hand towel under your right arm during the swing. If the towel falls out from under your arm, you are not swinging on the correct path.
Stand a little taller than normal when you address the ball to eliminate a wide swing plane and give you a greater chance to come underneath the ball and hit it straight.
Make sure your grip is correct. If your grip is not tight enough the club head is not solid as you hit the ball. Don't over tighten your grip or you will prevent the club from swinging on the natural path.
Don't break your wrists until they are directly over the ball or you will release the club too early and cause it to strike the ball from the outside.

About The Author

Glenn McAnally is a thriller novelist and life long golfer who lives in Southern California. His most recent work is the action thriller Endangered as well as a story credit for the upcoming Nintendo DS title Elite Forces: Unit 77. He is a graduate of Villanova University.

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