How to Cure a Slice

A slice is one of the most annoying and frustrating shot flaws in golf.  While there are other hitting issues (hook, shank, etc.) for some reason, that wild curve ball to the right tops most golfers’ complaint list.  But there is good news.  It’s not very complicated or confusing to learn how to cure a slice.

Here are a number of tips that will help you identify and correct this irritating problem.

Perhaps the main reason most golfers hit their ball into the right-hand tree line is that they’ve neglected to set up correctly.

Set Up

One of the easiest ways to learn how to cure a slice is to check your set up first.  Your feet and shoulders must be lined up correctly.  Most of the time, you’ll want to have your left foot directly under your left shoulder.  If, during your set up, you have your shoulder open or closed, your ball won’t travel straight.

Grip

Make sure you are gripping your club properly.  A firm grip is best.  If you are holding the club too tightly, your swing will be restricted.  Conversely, if you hold it too loosely, the club face will move when it impacts the ball.

Now, get into a normal stance and take a moment to inspect the position of your hands on the shaft.  You should see two to three knuckles on your left hand (for right-handers).  If you see fewer than two, or more than three, your grip is not correct.  Make an adjustment.

Turning Your Hips

When learning how to cure a slice, you need to ensure that the club face is square when you strike the ball.  If it’s open, your shot will fly to the right.

This is often caused by a problem with your hip turn.  Your hips need to make a smooth, full turn throughout your down swing, impact with the ball and follow through.  The goal is to strike the golf ball with the face of your club square.  To do this, you must have a smooth rotation of your hips.  As you strike the ball, complete you swing with a nice high finish.

Keep Your Head Down

You hear it said often. “Keep your head down.”  There’s a reason for this.  One of the common errors a lot of golfers make it to pick up their head too soon.  It’s natural.  You want to see where the ball is going.  But a micro-second of a mistake can cause a bad hit.

Use your body, not your hands

When attempting to get better club speed, many golfers will speed up their hands during their down swing and end up swinging too fast.  That’s a mistake, borne out of the assumption that it will add distance and power.  Club speed is important, but it must come by using your whole body,  not just your hands or arms.

Probably the most important tool to learning to how to cure a slice it to spend time figuring out what is causing it in the first place.  Every golfer’s swing is unique to them, so it is important to whittle away at the possible causes for your errant shot.  There may be only one thing your doing wrong that’s causing that slice, or it may be a host of things.  Only by identifying the culprit, or culprits, can you begin to unlearn your bad habits.

Yes, you can learn how to cure a slice.  It just takes a little time and effort.  But once you have figured it out, you’ll find that not only will your game improve, but your enjoyment of the game will be better as well.

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