Tips to Eliminate Slicing in Golf

By Bill Herrfeldt

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Imagine this: Nearly 9 out of 10 amateur golfers have an uncontrollable slice. An outside-in golf swing is usually the culprit, and it is caused most often by an unbalanced swing or a poor grip, although there are other factors. Also, it seems the more you try to control it, the more it controls you. In an attempt to rescue you from the bane of a golfer's existence, here are a few things you can do to eliminate the slice and shoot better scores.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  1. Try this drill on the practice tee. Tee up your ball and place your driver behind it, as if you were going to swing. Plate a second tee in the ground right across from the toe of the driver head. Try hitting the ball without touching the second tee. Most golfers with a slice swing out and cut across the ball; you might hit the second tee a few times before you begin to make adjustments. Before long, you will consistently miss the second tee and hit straighter drives.
  2. Keep your head from moving ahead of the ball during your downswing. If your head is ahead of the ball at impact, your club face will be open, causing you to slice. Imagine there's a wall coming up from the front of the ball, and you cannot penetrate it.
  3. Avoid the mistake most golfers make: aiming more to the left (right if you are a lefty) to avoid the slice. In most cases, that will only exaggerate the problem, because your swing usually follows the plane established by your shoulders. Moreover, you may subconsciously compensate for aiming left by opening the club face at impact. It may sound counter-intuitive, but you should aim to the right and close your stance in the process. This will cause you to swing in a more closed position, which will help eliminate the slice.
  4. Release your hands at impact to eliminate your slice. Watch the tennis pros as they apply topspin to their tennis balls; the same principle holds true for golf. When you practice at the range, try letting your right hand (left for lefties) cross over your other hand. By doing so, you will cut down on your slice and increase your club-head speed at impact, both good things that will lower your score.

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.