Golf Swing Slice Correction Tips

By Patrick Cameron

Article Image
Golf can be very frustrating for a beginner. It can be a chore just getting the ball off the ground. Making contact is rudimentary, but once you master the art of making the ball fly, you face a whole slew of other problems. Chief among these is the common slice.

Shoulder Drop

A slice seems almost impossible to figure out if you don't have proper instruction. The cause, which is known as a shoulder drop, is often illusive to beginners. If you drop your back shoulder when you hit the ball, you open up the club face, sending the ball off in the wrong direction. Training yourself to stop dropping your shoulder is easier said than done, but it is possible.


Oftentimes, golfers with a big slice give up on trying to correct their shoulder and find ways to compensate instead. You can apply a quick fix that doesn't solve the issue but may keep you closer to the fairway. If you're right-handed, address the ball so that you are facing down the left-hand side of the fairway. Depending on how hard you slice the ball, adjust it more or less.

Railroad Tracks

A surefire cure for the common slice is a simple visual. Imagine railroad tracks running away from your ball toward the hole, or wherever you want the ball to go. Stand on one "track" and imagine that your ball is sitting on the other track. The key is to keep the club head inside the track during your backswing and your follow-through. Your body will be better aligned, preventing you from opening up and slicing.

About the Author

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.