Curing a Slice - How to Hit it Straighter.
Can’t stop slicing? Losing distance because the ball curves violently in the air? Let’s look at it from a logical point of view.There are two basic elements to a slice. Cold, hard logic will serve us well and we will become better golfers who have more control over the shape of our shots. A slice can be very frustrating but what exactly makes the ball slice? What you see (pronounced curvature of the ball in flight) is the effect, NOT the cause, of the slice. So what causes the slice?
The answer is very simply sideways spin on the ball. (We are going to assume a right-handed player to keep it simple. Lefties need to reverse things, which I’m sure they’re used to by now. When viewed from above the ball is spinning clockwise. The air grabs hold of the spin and curves to the side. This effect is magnified in wind. Slicers hate a left to right wind.
Now we have to look at what causes this side spin? This is where things start to get a bit more interesting. A basic golf fundamental is relevant here. The ball goes where the clubface is pointing, AT IMPACT. This should be taught to every beginner from day one. It is a physical law. So that must mean that the clubface is open (to the right) at impact. But, since it CURVES to the right, that means that the face is open relative to the direction the club head is travelling at impact (that’s what makes it spin sideways – a glancing blow). Now we are starting to understand what causes the spin.
In addition to the clubface being open it is also very likely that the club is travelling across the intended target line from outside to in through impact (divots point left); this increases the side spin and only adds to the problem.
So, without my actually witnessing your golf swing, it is safe to assume that if you are a slicer your swing path is out to in.
This is where we should start to cure your slice, by changing the path of your golf club through the ball. Sounds too easy? It’s not but if you make the change at the correct point in the swing then it will cure your slice. The change must happen at the top of your backswing. As you complete the backswing and start the downswing you need to “loop” the club back. UP – BACK – DOWN. This will stop the forward move that puts the club on the out to in path. Known as “casting”, all slicers swing (up – forward – down). To rectify this casting movement and swing up and down on plane we need to feel the BACK part of it. It is only a feeling that the club goes back but it is essential while undergoing the change that we feel as if the club goes UP – BACK – DOWN.
Once you have succeeded in changing your swing path you will immediately see that the ball now starts to the right and keeps going further right. This is because the club face is still open. You used to need an open club face to counteract the fact that your club is moving across the target line (out to in). Once you see that the club is moving correctly (check your divots) you can then set about squaring the club face at impact.