How to Stop Flipping the Golf Ball (and Fix Your Slice)

By Mike LaBauve

Let's talk about how to fix your flip at the golf ball if you are a slicer. Nobody wants to be flipping any golf shots so let's talk about what a flip is.

What is a Flip or Scoop in Golf?

When you get to the ball, if your arms stop and your hands flick the clubhead through that is what we call a flip or a scoop. Most slicers do that because the clubface is open, number one.

But number two, if you are swinging the club too much on a straight line, which most slicers do, most people that are hooking the ball swing too much in a circle, and most slicers that are swinging too much up and down the only way to keep the clubface working down the target line is to have it closed and open, and if it is opening at impact you are going to hit a slice.

Clubface Opening at Impact

If you club is opening at impact and you are hitting a slice, the only way to get this club square to the ball is to back my hands up. So in my swing, if I can stop my arms short of impact and get the clubhead to catch up by flipping. You can see that when I do this the clubface is now square to my line of flight but I have added a lot of loft to it.

My ball is going to fly too high and I am going to have a great loss of distance. If you want to get this out of your golf swing you are going to have to start closing your clubface as you go through. Swing your club a little more around the arc of your body, number one, and also check your grip to make sure it is not too far to the left and maybe a little more to the right.

Close the Clubface to Fix Your Slice

Let your arms turn over as you go through your golf ball, you can see that might close your clubface and you might hit a few quick hooks over to the left, but as soon as you that is going to encourage your arms to want to keep moving so that they start leading the clubface a little more through.

Now you can see that my clubface is square again but with a totally different loft. So if you want to get rid of your slice flip get the club to start working in an arc and that will encourage your hands to go a little bit more forward as you go through your golf ball. That will give you a good impact.


Category: Slice
Sub Categories: Arms, Hands, Impact

About the Instructor

Mike LaBauve
Mike LaBauve
Kierland Golf Club
15636 N. Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Tel: 480-922-9283