How to Remove a Slice From a Golf Swing

By Steve Silverman

golfer puts ball on tee
As a golfer learns to swing the club correctly, he or she will go through peaks and valleys. Sometimes the swing will produce great results while other times it will produce poor shots.

One of the most common errors is slicing the shot. For a right-handed golfer, a slice will see the ball curve sharply to the right. It usually leaves the fairway and goes into the rough, and sometimes out of bounds.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  1. Make sure you address the ball correctly. One of the top reasons for a slice is that the golfer gets sloppy with his address to the ball. Make sure your left shoulder is pointing directly where you want the ball to go and your left foot should be directly under your shoulder. If you open or close your shoulder or if your feet are not parallel, your shot will likely veer off course.
  2. Check your grip before you swing your club. You should grip the club at a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. You should not squeeze your hands too tight because it will prevent you from taking a full swing. If you don't hold the club tight enough, the club will wobble on impact and a slice will be the likely result.
  3. Move the club into the ball from underneath instead of the side. When you come from the side - as most beginners do - it puts a side spin on the ball that will make the right-handed golfer's ball go hard to the right. If you come directly from behind and stay underneath the ball, you will put top spin on the ball and it will stay straight and fly farther.
  4. Take a full hip turn as you drive through the ball. You want the club head to hit the golf ball at a 90 degree angle. This will not happen if you don't come through the ball with your hips and shift your weight to the right foot and then back to the left foot. As you come through the ball, remember to finish with your club up high and that will assure that your hips turn fully. That will give you a shot that does not slice.
  5. Slow your swing down. Most golfers who tend to slice speed up their hands when they swing because they are anxious to hit the ball a long way. A good golf swing needs to get the whole body involved and not just depend on the hands. The more you work at building a repeatable swing that does not depend on hand speed, the more likely you are to hit a straight shot.
  6. Finish your swing and keep your head down all the way through the swing. One of the biggest problems that most golfers have is fueled by the desire to see their shot fly down the fairway. As a result, they pick up their heads and mishit the ball causing side-spin and a slicing action.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use visualization to cure an outside-in swing. Address the golf ball, raise your club about a foot or two above the ball and then make your backswing. Take note of the plane of your backswing and take your downswing inside of that plane.
  • Ask a fellow golfer to take a video of your swing from both a side and back view. Once you understand what it takes to hit the ball correctly, you can look at the video and see where you are making mistakes.
  • Your goal is to develop a simple swing that you can easily repeat.

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.