If you struggle with a slice, you definitely aren’t alone. In fact, a large majority of golfers struggle with this. More often than not, a slice is caused by a poor grip, which causes a steep swing. The end result is a high, weak shot, which is the opposite of what you want.
The good news is that this isn’t a problem that has to plague your golf game forever. Keep reading to learn some simple tips and tricks that will help in correcting a golf slice so that you can get the distance and accuracy you want on every shot.
Why You Hit a Slice (and How to Fix It)
There’s no one factor that causes a slice. However, the most common issue is an outside-in swing path. This means that your club is either outside or farther away from the line of the ball than it should be for an accurate hit.
When you strike the ball, odds are that you naturally swing from outside the line of the ball to the inside. This, combined with an open club face, causes the ball to spin in the air, without traveling much distance.
How to Not Slice the Ball
So, how can you fix a slice? Here are some tips and tricks to follow so that you can start hitting straighter, more accurate shots.
Make Sure the Golf Ball Is Placed Properly
One of the simplest problems that many amateur golfers fall into is improper ball placement. When the ball isn’t positioned properly, you’re more likely to slice. Placing your ball too forward in your stance inevitably causes an outside-in swing path.
The fix? Move the ball farther back. This allows you to swing more naturally.
Adjust Your Grip
Another common problem that can lend itself to a slice is improper grip. A proper grip allows you to have more control over your shots. Most people who slice find that their left hand, for right-handed golfers, is positioned too far underneath the club. This opens the clubface and often leads to a slice.
To fix an improper grip, rotate your left hand until you can see three knuckles. This creates a stronger grip, allowing you to properly position the club face.
Aim Straight, Not Left
We’ve all made those shots where the ball seems to be heading down the middle of the fairway, but then it slowly starts to fade to the right. As the ball continues to veer off course, you know it’s a slice. So, naturally, you’re going to aim left to try to correct the direction of the ball.
However, this “fix” typically only worsens the problem! Instead of aiming left or right, aim straight instead. If you must aim left, be sure that you’re positioned on the left side of the fairway.
Practice Using a Golf Simulator
Because there are many factors that can cause you to slice, one of the best things you can do to correct the issue is to get a good analysis of your golf swing. While you could spend endless hours on the course each day, you can also get in some good practice from the comfort of your own home.
A residential golf simulator from Foresight Sports will give you all of the in-depth data you need to best understand your swing and overall movement, and what changes you need to make in order to stop slicing.
With enough practice, you’ll find that you slice less—if at all!—and that you’ll feel 100 times more confident when you hit the course next. Interested in learning more about our golf simulators? Check out our website or contact our team!