All golfers face trouble playing different types of shots, and the slice is a golfer’s worst nightmare. There are so many shots that it is best to master the good—and eradicate the bad—one at a time. Inability to get proper contact on the ball leads to a sliced shot, and the result is inaccuracy. Avoiding this mistake can come down to a number of things, such as the equipment used and the skill of the player. Here are a few tips to help you fix the golf slice and improve your accuracy.
Quality Clubs: Choose the proper clubs that allow for quality shot making. Worn out or uneven clubs can affect your shots and lead to a slice.
Hand Position: How you grip the club defines the shot you play. The webbing between your thumb and index finger should create a V. Poor grip position can lead to a slice.
Light Grip: Your grip shouldn’t be too tight. Don’t grasp with your palms. Leave your hands a bit loose so that you get optimum rotation.
Flexibility: Make sure that your body is flexible. Don’t tighten your muscles; ease tension and just go with the flow.
Excessive Pressure: Don’t apply excessive pressure on your forearms. If you are too aggressive, then your shot will become a slice.
Wrist Use: Use your wrists less when you swing the club. Your wrists are a support mechanism, not the power driver. Excessive use of the wrists will result in less distance.
Alignment: Often, young golfers ignore the importance of body alignment. They let their hips and shoulders get out of position. This affects their shot making ability and leads to a slice.
Hip Movement: If you move your hips too much, then a shot can be sliced. The hips should turn after the impact is made so that you get a natural follow-through.
Ball Placement: Placing the ball in the correct position is crucial. If the ball is placed too far back, then you will hit it with an open club face and cause a slice.
Backswing: Move your left shoulder away from the target. This way you will be able to make a full shoulder turn. Keep 80% percent of your weight on your back foot and your head over the ball.
Downswing: Step aside onto your left heel, and let your left hip move toward the target (for right-handed golfers). Keep your elbow as close to the hips as possible.
Head Down: Keep your head down when you make impact. Your eyes should be firmly focused on the ball.
Tempo: Maintain your tempo throughout the shot making process. Each player plays at a different tempo, but avoid swinging too fast as it can throw off your shot.
The Finish: When going for the finish, adjust your weight appropriately. Look for a 40-60 split, and when you strike, transfer even more weight to the front foot to maximize impact.
The Bottom Line
Slicing can negatively affect a player’s morale and performance and, in some cases, even cause so much frustration with the game it leads to quitting. Golfers who lack technique will continue to make this mistake unless they start working on the issue directly. With the right guidance, you can improve your golf game and say goodbye to sliced shots. If you implement these tips, your game will improve thanks to newfound accuracy, and you will never slice shots again.