How to Fix Your Most Common Mishit

By Steve Silverman

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Hitting a golf ball consistently is the dream of every player. There might be rounds where you go six, seven or eight holes and your swing appears to be working perfectly. You think you are on your way to a career round. Then, it all falls apart. One slight mishit and your ball starts slicing. You do it again on the next hole and the next one after that. The slice is the most common mishit in golf.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  1. Keep your hands moving at the same speed as your hips as you come through the ball. One of the most common reasons for the slice is your hands come through the ball too quickly and that impacts the angle of the club face at impact. To make sure that angle is 90 degrees and you hit the ball squarely, slow your hands.
  2. Square yourself to the target. To promote hip turn, some golfers turn their front foot toward the target. This is a mistake most medium- and high-handicappers. The side of the front foot should be facing the target, not your big toe. This will help you keep the ball on target and will kill the slice.
  3. Use your 3-iron off the tee instead of your driver or 3-wood. This is not a permanent solution, but if you have been slicing, it's easier to get your swing back in the groove with a smaller club. It is easier to make sure you have a square club face at impact with an iron, so give it a try and continue to use it until you are making the correct swing consistently. Then go back to your woods.
  4. Rotate your hips fully when you swing, but do not do it quickly. Most golfers tend to speed their swing from time to time during the round. This usually means the hands are more active than the rest of your body. Slow down, get your hips through and the rest of your body will follow, and you will not slice.
  5. Go to the driving range to try to build a swing that is repeatable. To do this, you have to understand your swing. Go over each part--the address, the takeaway, the downswing and the follow-through. If you are conscious of each section and work on it, you will build a repeatable swing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Think metronome. Hitting a powerful and straight shot is about consistent timing and not swinging hard.

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.