No one is really immune to slicing the ball in golf. Even legends like Tiger Woods have faced this problem once in a while. The slice is when the ball veers strongly towards the right for the right-handed and left for the left-handed. The ball can slice every once in a while, especially if you’re not concentrating enough on your stance and grip.
However, there are some golfers out there who suffer from the chronic slice problem. In such cases, most of their shots turn outward, with only a few reaching the target. There are several ways you can avoid the slice. Here’s how you can easily fix the problem.
Check What’s Wrong
If you want to solve a problem, you need to understand what’s wrong with it in the first place. Check to see if you are committing the following mistakes:
- Your aim is off and your clubface is wide open.
- Your grip might be weak, with your hands twisting around to the left side of your grip. If you swing with this grip, the blade will open and cause the slice.
- The position of the ball would be too far and it won’t allow you to settle properly into the stance and hit the ball correctly.
- Speaking of the stance, it could be too narrow. If your stance isn’t properly spaced and anchored, you’ll be unstable and end up relying on the motion of your arms rather than your hips to execute the swing.
- That brings us to the point of body alignment. As you’re aware, your stance needs to be firmly rooted and the alignment of your shoulders, hips, knees, and feet should be right to make a good shot.
- There’s also a chance that you’re standing too far away from the ball to make the swing stable.
- There are several things that might be wrong with your swing that could result in the slice. You might be getting a little too much on the inside during the backswing.
- You might be moving your left hand too far across the chest, which won’t give your arms the room to move and cause them to left. They’ll go over the top and the ball would slice, veering off the target.
How to Correct
The first thing you need to do is ensure that your body is moving correctly through the swing. From start to finish, it should be one smooth, seamless movement. When you bring the club back, ready to swing, you need to keep your back straight and your spine angle correct. When you need to coil your shoulder and torso for the swing, be sure to keep your hands away from your chest and give them enough room to move.
Even when your body is perfectly aligned, you need to keep an eye on the downswing. As you’re uncoiling your body, your right or left elbow, depending on which hand is the dominant, should be by your right or left hip. This initial swing is vital to maintain a proper shot.
It’s important follow through the swing properly. The alignment from your shoulder to your grip must be completely aligned, with the thumbs pointing towards the right shoulder for the right handed players. This would ensure that the club face hits the ball squarely, without causing a slice.
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