Working on Your Golf Skills: How to Eliminate the Slice
If you have played golf for any length of time, you are probably already familiar with the slice and just how frustrating it can be. For golfers who are stuck fighting a slice, it often seems like every single shot they hit all day long with slice – and there is nothing they can do to stop it. Of course, it can be fixed, but it takes some time and an understanding of what is causing the slice in the first place. The good news is that once you solve your slice and start to hit straight shots more often than not, you should be able to keep the slice in the past and prevent it from coming back.
To get started ridding your swing of that pesky slice, start with the simple tips below –
- Find some extension. Those who fight the slice tend to have swings that are too narrow, and the club stays too close in toward their body throughout the backswing. Instead, make sure you are reaching out during your backswing and extending both of your arms – especially in the first foot or so of the backswing. That will allow you to build some room at the top of your swing so your arms can move down to the inside of the ball instead of lifting up and over the top.
- Engage your lower body. Almost all slicers struggle with using their lower bodies to power the downswing. If you are currently fighting a slice, there is a good chance you are starting the downswing with your arms instead of your legs – and the slice is the result of that mistake. As your club reaches the end of the backswing and starts to change directions, make sure it is your lower body that starts the rotation toward the target. Just this simple correction can make a huge difference in your ball flight.
- Work on your tempo. Golfers with a rushed tempo are also more likely to hit a slice, as the club doesn’t have enough time to fall into position and attack the ball from inside the target line. When you notice that your slice is started to get worse, work on slowing down your overall tempo, and especially your tempo during the takeaway. Making that quick adjustment might not feel like much, but it can be the difference between a slice and a solid shot.