Golf Tips – Curing a Golf Slice
The most dreaded part of my game has always been hitting a golf slice. Seems like no matter what I do, it always rears it’s ugly head. I’ve tried just about every swing tip possible and after a little time it always creeps back in.
One of those kindred spirits who stands on the tee box, takes about two seemingly perfect practice golf swings, line up to the ball, swing back and knock it down the perfect line.. at first.
Then inevitably, as you knew it would, it starts bleeding, slightly at first eventually evolving into a full 90 degree flight path ending up somewhere that will take a scuba mask or hiking boots to locate..
If you’re like me, than this isn’t a problem that’s isolated to the driver, just about every club in your bag, with the exception of the putter and wedges.
It’s important to identify what causes a golf slice because if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing wrong than all the golf tips in the world won’t help you out much. Simply put, as far as I understand it, there are two main causes of a golf slice. Either you swing from over the top, creating an out to in swing path so the clubface cuts across the ball creating side spin or you’re leaving the clubface open at impact, again creating side spin on the ball.
In my case, it’s the latter, I tend to keep the clubface open at impact. I’m presently using a Nike Str8-Fit Driver that I’ve closed two degrees to help offset the natural tendencies of my swing, but on a bad day, it doesn’t help all that much.
The primary reason that I have a slice is that instead of turning my hips, I tend to slide my hips forward preventing my body from turning the hips out.
If you’ve done any research online, you know that there’s about a million different golf tips out there on fixing a golf slice.
Here’s a couple golf tips I’ve tried and haven’t had much luck with..
- Tee the ball higher and move it forward more in your stance, giving the clubface more time to finish closing.
- Concentrate on trying to hit a hook. The emphasis on closing the clubface will help negate the slice.
- Take a more powerful grip on the club by rotating your hands to the right more (if you’re a righty, left if you’re a lefty). This will cause your clubface to close earlier in the swing, giving you a greater chance of hitting a straight shot.
I was playing a round of golf the other day and as I feared it would happen, the golf slice reared it’s ugly head on me. After a couple holes of unsuccessfully trying to get it under control, one of my playing partners (been playing for 30+ years and is a +1) gave me a real quick fix that completely blew my mind, not to mention, totally cured my slice.
I mentioned earlier that I have a tendency to slide my hips forward and his simple solution was to take a wider stance. He said just stand with your feet about another six inches apart and give it a go.
The very next shot was straight as an arrow and after a couple holes, I had to change the angle of my driver from two degrees closed to flush because I started blocking my drives.
That advice completely fixed my golf slice (for the round anyway). As golf tips go, it’s probably the best I’ve ever received. It’s simple to do, takes no practice and there’s virtually no margin for error..
If your symptoms are similar to mine, try spreading your feet apart more and let me know if it helps.
If you’re interested, here’s some other golf tips that might help your game.