Fixing the Dreaded Slice

Without a doubt , the sliced golf shot is one of the most unpleasant things on a golf course and can make scoring well very difficult . Conversely a ball that is struck well and flies straight is very gratifying .

There are a great number of “quick” fixes for the slice, offset club faces, stance changes, etc. But, most often, the quick remedies do not correct the slice on a permanent basis . Slicers need to dig down and consider the basic cause of the slice.

What Causes A Slice?

Simply put, it’s because the club face is open at the time of contact with the ball . The open club face provides the spin that causes the ball to travel to the right (for a right hand golfer).

How can one fix a slice?

There are a multitude of reasons for having an open club face……swing path, grip, stance, timing, ball position, to name some. The problems can be complex and many golfers just give up and learn to play the slice. However, if you are serious about learning to hit the ball straight, or even draw it, there is a ton of free information on the internet that will help you. My best recommendation is that you start there and try to discover everything you can find about the slice. Read the good offerings twice each to be sure you understand it all. Also, look for the free videos that are available, they may help more than the written word. There are many videos that are published by good golf instructors. Gradually, as you read and look at the videos, you will start to assemble a solid mental image of a more correct swing.

Now, armed with this new knowledge, make a video of your swing. You can do it by yourself, but it’s easier to have a friend do it while you swing. Video footage should be shot a.) from behind your swing, looking the direction of the shot, and b.) looking directly at the front of your body. Then, study the video to see what swing flaws you have. You will quickly see the adjustments that you must make.

If your budget allows, consider purchasing a good set of instructional videos by a good instructor. You can find such videos in sporting goods stores, golf shops and many online retailers that sell golf clubs, discount golf clubs, and other golf equipment.

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