If you have been out on the course lately, you can see that most people slice the golf ball. Everyone wants to know how to fix a golf slice. This is where the golf ball will curve from the left to the right (for right handed golfers) and right to left (for left handed golfers). You find yourself in trouble most of the time, expecially if it is very severe.
This is one of the most common faults of every golfer. There have been books written just about this subject. One for example is Instant Golf Slice Cure. This is a great book and if you slice uncontrollably you may want to pick this one up. The main problem is that your down swing is on a out to in swing path (for right handed golfers), which leaves a open club face. How much you slice is controlled by these two combinations.
Lets for a second take a look at the diagram to the left. Now this is for a right handed golfer and I will try to explain what is happening in each of the numbered swing paths. So the first thing that we are seeing is there are 3 distinct swing paths.
1,2,3 are reflected to the over the top, outside to inside swing path. Most of the time with this type of swing path is you are going to pull hook the golf ball, or have a really big banana ball slice.
4,5,6 are the nice straight down the line (target line) swing path. The club face is square at impact to the target line and the ball goes right down the middle of the fairway, that is number 5. Number 4 is what most pro's play which is a nice little draw (hook is overly done) and this is done by releasing the club at impact. That is a whole other topic. Number 6 is the fade (slice is over done also), which means the clubface is just slightly open at impact (also known as holding on and not releasing the club as in number 4) causing the ball to start at the target but then drift to the right (for right handed golfers). But make note, that the golf ball started at the target, that is important.
Number 7,8,9 is another bad swing path, when it is taken to the extreme, as in this diagram. You end up swinging out to the right (for right handed golfers) and sometimes the club is closed and you get number 7. When the club face is open you are going to get that push slice, which for sure will put you out of bounds, in the lake or in a lot of trouble. Number 8 is just the push, the club is square, but on a bad swing path. Please not that in cases of 1,2,3 and 7,8,9 that the golf ball did not start out at your intended target line. This is very important to note, it can help tell you what type of swing path you are doing.
One of the most common faults of this type of shot shape is the out to in swing path and you are probably open at the address position. What I mean is your feet, hips and shoulders are aligned to the left of your target (if you are a right handed golfer, opposite if you are a lefty golfer).
What happens most of the time is people (golfers) will continue to try and align there bodies even more left of the target if they slice. Now you are really asking for trouble. This is the perfect set up position to hit the ball from left to right. And sure enough you end up doing that. When you start from a bad address position, you have even a harder time making a good swing in the end.
If you are trying to hit the ball straight, you should always start with a good address position. You need to have your hips, shoulders and feet all aligned straight down the target line (please note that all of these parts should be just left of the target, so when you set the club down, it will be directly on the target line). This is very important. When the club starts to get outside of the ball to target line during your downswing, you are more than likely heading for trouble and most likely headed for the rough or woods on the right side of the fairway. Once your club head is in this outside position, there is not a whole lot you can do to stop the slice.
Here is an idea on how to stop this from happening, and it is more of a mental tip while you are on the course, but you can practice this when you are on the driving range.
What you want to do it this, Imagine that there is a tee in the gound about 3-4 inches ahead of the ball you are trying to hit. Now when you make your swing, try to hit the other tee with the club head.
What this is going to do is to promote a straight down the line swing path. This is also going to give you more of a inside to out swing path on the downswing and should start to prevent the slice from happening or at least slow it down a bit.
You can do the same thing with a 2x4. Place the board on the outside of the golf ball (as in picture to left) and swing down the line. Try to miss the board. You can also do the same thing with a golf club (which is dangerous, you could bend it if you hit it) or go to a store and buy a couple of the surveyors sticks. They come in different colors, you see the pro's using them when they are on the range practicing.
Now when you are on the driving range you can stick the tee in the ground and try to actually hit it with the club head. So practicing this on the range is going to help you invision it better on the course. Just remember to keep that club moving down a straight path into that other tee that is 3-4 inches in front of the ball you are trying to hit.
This is going to get the club on that inside to out path that you want and will start to prevent and correct that awful slice.
If you really want to get rid of that slice, I would suggest that you take a look at the product that I mentioned earlier Instant Golf Slice Cure. This product is virtually a guarantee that you will get rid of that slice. In fact, in Instant Golf Slice Cure he even guarantees it, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Give it a try and learn how to fix a golf slice.
Well I hope that you liked the tip on getting rid of the slice. I know it works, because I used it to teach myself how to get rid of the slice.
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