How to Cure a Sudden Case of Mid-Round Slices

By Steve Silverman


Every golfer has been there. Somewhere around the fourth or fifth hole, you are enjoying a wonderful start to your round of golf. Your tee shots, fairway shots, pitches and putts are all working, and you see yourself having a beautiful day on the golf course. But somewhere around the sixth hole, you find yourself with a perfect lie on the left side of the fairway, and you think you land a 180-yard shot to the green like a professional. It takes off on course and then slices away 30 yards to the right. On the next hole, the same thing happens. Instead of a great round, you are slicing repeatedly. How do you get back on track?


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Check your stance. Right-handed golfers who are hitting from the left side of the fairway are in the ideal position to play a shot, as long as they are lined up with their left shoulder square to the green. Subconsciously, you may open your stance. Check your shoulder and your left foot before you hit the ball. If you have opened your left shoulder and left foot, you need to close it and bring your stance back to square immediately.
Step 2
Resist the urge to admire your shot. A perfect lie in the fairway after a solid start to your match leads many golfers to feeling that have "solved" it and understand how to play the game. There is no such thing. The best professionals are constantly working on their games and take nothing for granted; you can't either. Keep your head down through impact, and do not move your eyes until your follow-through has reached the midthigh level.
Step 3
Slow down your swing. The primary cause for a slice is getting your hands to and through the ball before your hips have cleared the hitting zone. Let your hips do their job, and your hands will follow.
Step 4
Check your grip. You should be able to look down at your left hand and notice that a "V" is formed when you look down at the space between your thumb and forefinger. If you do not see it, give your left hand a half-turn to the right and it should be in plain view.
Step 5
Get rid of negative thoughts as your round progresses. Even golfers who have career rounds have several bad shots in their round. Just because you have sliced the ball on two consecutive holes does not mean you have lost it and have forgotten everything you have ever known about the golf swing. Remain confident, and visualize your best shot and not your worst slice.

Tips & Warnings

Work on your swing at the driving range. Do not assume you know everything. If you are hitting the ball well, do the work necessary to maintain a good swing.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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