How To Fix A Golf Slice
Nearly every beginning golfer needs to know how to fix a golf slice. Slicing is a common problem shared by everyone who has ever taken up the game of golf. Most beginners will have either a hook or a slice in their golf shot, especially with their distance clubs, particularly the driver. Here are some pointers for correcting the slice in your golf shot.
- Check some things in your grip. The way you grip a club is an individualized aspect of the golf shot. What works for one golfer may not work for another, but there are some general rules for the grip that may help you fix the golf slice. After you have squared up your club face with the target, you should be able to look down at your hands and see at least two knuckles on your left hand. If you see more than two, that is fine as well. Another thing to check is whether the "V" shapes formed by your index knuckles and your thumbs are pointing at your shoulder. If these things are present, then your grip is not a contributing factor in your golf slice.
- Make sure you have the correct stance. Far too often a golfer will try to correct his golf slice by compensating for it by lining up his stance either far to the left for the right-handed player or far to the right for the left-handed player. This is no way to fix your golf slice. You should either use a club or a partner to make sure that your feet, shoulders, hips and knees are lined up parallel to the target.
- Correct your back swing. This is often were the problem is when a golf slice is present in your game. Often there is too much "up" and not enough "around" in your back swing. At the peak of your back swing, your club shaft should be over your shoulder and not over your head. You should be able to feel your arm across your chest. If you are not doing a correct back swing, then the club face will be striking the ball at the wrong angle, thus creating a slice in your golf shot.
- Make a smooth down swing. If you are still slicing the ball after correcting the first three aspects of your golf swing, then you are in the minority. However, checking your down swing should fix the problem. Make sure that when you begin your down swing that you are not lifting your feet or pushing with your arms. You should feel the natural twist of your torso, with the weight shifting from your back foot to the front. You should feel the slight drop of your front arm across your body. This should ensure the proper contact between the club face and the ball, thus correcting your golf slice.