Fixing your golf swing is definitely not easy, and if you are a member of the slicers club, you are probably tired of hearing one-liner solutions such as don’t aim left, keep the ball in perfect position, pay attention to your divots, fix your grip, tuck your elbows, transfer your weight and don’t forget that release!
We don’t deny that this information is accurate and important. But to eliminate your slice, you need to know how to implement these fixes correctly, step by step. Fixing a slice is not that hard, but it requires practice, time, and dedication. For this how to fix your slice tutorial, you need a driving range, drivers, tees, golf balls, and a small golf towel.
Step 1: Proper Equipment
In order to be a good golf player, you need proper golf equipment. Poor quality golf equipment or simply picking the wrong equipment may be the culprit for slicing your ball. This is, of course, not always the case, but it’s worth researching your equipment to make sure it’s going to work with your swing.
How to choose the proper equipment if you are struggling with a slice?
- Choose at least 10.5 degrees of loft.
- Choose the correct flex on your Driver. If your ball hit range is more than 160 yards, opt for a Stiff Flex. Don’t go for one that is too stiff because it will make you slice more.
- Don’t use old equipment, especially if it’s older than ten years. Golf technology has come a long way, and practicing with decades-old equipment won’t be helpful.
- Choose an adjustable driver with more offset. Adjustable drivers can set the clubface slightly closed, which is helpful if your golf balls tend to go right.
- A more expensive golf club won’t fix your problem. Be mindful of your budget.
Step 2: The Grip
If you are struggling with your grip, you have to go back to the fundamentals. Only by mastering the fundamentals of your grip you can get a chance to square up the clubface. We know it’s not fun to practice your grip, but it’s very important.
As said, without mastering the fundamentals of the game, you won’t be able to progress further, and the game will definitely be more difficult and frustrating (and as a consequence, less fun)
To practice your grip, you need to grip the club with the left hand first and ensure the club is sitting primarily in the fingers of the left hand. When holding the club in your left hand and looking down, you should see two knuckles.
How you position your left hand is critical for a good grip. When you position the left hand properly, your right hand will naturally follow.
How to make sure you are on the right track? You should have a V created with your right thumb and forefinger pointed at your shoulder.
If you struggle, we suggest trying training grips that are specifically designed to help you position your hands properly.
Step 3: Stance and Setup
A pro tip: Every time before starting your backswing, you must check your setup. Poor setup increases your chances of making a slice.
Right-handed players should have the ball positioned on the inside of the left foot. If the ball is positioned properly, it facilitates hitting on the upswing. Hitting a driver while on the downswing will cause a slice.
Proper ball position also ensures your shoulders are at the correct tilt angle that will drastically reduce your chances of making a slice. If your shoulders don’t have the right tilt angle, you won’t be able to square the clubface up and make a proper swing.
To eliminate any of the problems mentioned above, set up with the clubface square. You can’t manually manipulate the clubface to be closed at setup. Doing so won’t help you straighten your slice, and it will just cause pulling to the left.
Step 3: Swing Path
The ball flight of a slice is difficult, overall a weak shot, and it costs you lots of distance—nothing a golfer would ever want to experience. So, how to ensure your swing is on the right path? By putting a towel under your arm.
The drill looks like this:
- Place a towel under your right armpit (If you are right-handed)
- Keep the towel in place as you swing back.
- Keep the towel in place as you transition from the backswing to the downswing.
- If the towel falls, your arms got removed too far from your body, meaning you were on an outside-in swing path.
Practice this every time you play golf, and over time, you will notice your backswing becoming stronger, regardless of the club currently in use. Keep hitting this way any type of golf club to learn the proper swing path.
Step 4: Club Face
Many golfers slow down their golf swing to hit a proper shot. But the thing is this will only make a slice. Clubhead speed and momentum are crucial for proper release, and only with the proper release can you stop slicing your ball.
Now, working on your release isn’t done by slowing down the swing, but by ensuring the clubface returns to square at impact. Here is how to get this done:
- Check if your grip is correct and make sure your setup is perfect.
- Ensure you are playing with the right golf equipment.
- As you complete your backswing and start to transition to your downswing, forearms rotations allow the clubface to go from open to square to closed.
- To ensure your clubface is square at impact, practice hitting shots with an 8 iron instead of a driver.
- As you feel the release (turning over the forearms), don’t slow down, but keep the club head speed working for you.
Golfers tend to swing with drivers faster than with other Golf clubs, so getting the correct result with this club is more difficult at the beginning. We recommend moving slowly through your Golf bag and practicing with every type of club, but leaving the driver for the very end.
Step 5: Make a Video of Your Swing
It’s very helpful to see yourself practicing your swing. It’s also easier to spot mistakes and correct them. Take a video of your swing, and watch it in slow motion for better analysis. Compare your video to some professionals to see where you make mistakes.
Questions you can ask yourself are:
- Does your setup look the same?
- Does your right arm stay close to my body (or moves away)?
- Does the club come into impact from the inside or outside?
- Does the clubface look open at impact?
Don’t let your slice keep you away from this beautiful game! With the proper equipment and setup, you can fix this problem over time. Golf is not a game that can be learned overnight, and it takes a bit of patience, time, and dedication, but it will all be worth it when you see yourself making a perfect ball hit after years of slicing.