Simple Advice on How to Get Rid of the Slice
The slice is the single biggest problem for amateur golfers. Most golfers struggle with the slice as they are starting out in the game, and getting over the slice once and for all is a big accomplishment that is a milestone in any golfer’s journey. Unfortunately, the slice is an error that isn’t easily fixed, and some golfers give up the game altogether before they are able to figure it out. If you are a golfer who is currently fighting a slice and feel like there is no hope for getting it straightened out, use the tips below to try and make progress in the right direction.
- Reach out in the backswing. Narrow backswings almost always lead to slices. Instead of keeping the club in close to your body throughout the backswing, try getting more extension and keeping your arms straighter, longer. As the club starts to wrap around your body, your right arm will naturally fold in toward your side (for a right handed golfer). When you are able to make this change and keep good extension in your swing, the slice should start to appear less and less frequently.
- Don’t lean toward the target. Many slicers make the same mistake with their balance in the swing – they start to lean toward the target before the backswing is finished. This is such a problem because it usually leads to leaning back away from the target at impact, and the club coming from outside-in as it moves through impact. Try keeping your weight perfectly balanced between your two feet during the backswing so you can attack the ball aggressively while your move your weight toward the target. Fixing your balance alone might not completely solve the slice, but it will help you get a big step closer.
- Don’t fear the slice. This tip might seem a little bit odd, but it is really important. The slice becomes more frequent when you are afraid to hit one, because you slow down the club through impact and never get the proper release to square the face back to the swing path. You need to be swinging with confidence, and no fear of hitting a slice. Even if you still do hit a slice from time to time, it is important that you keep it out of your head and remain confident that each swing you make will be a good one.