How to Fix Your Slice (Golf Swing Help)

In this video I share the 5 tips to help you fix your slice golf swing yourself.

To start off fixing your slice, you need to understand how the golf swing functions and why you’re slicing the golf ball.

A slice is caused by the club face being open relative to your swing path.

So if your swing path is moving left of the golf ball and your club face is angled right, that’s going to cause a slice.

If your swing path is moving right, and your club face is angled even further right, that’s going to cause a slice.

To fix your slice, we need to get that clubface closed so that the ball has draw or hook spin rather than slice spin.

Once you can consistently hook the ball instead of slicing, we will consider it a win and move on to step 2, correcting the hook to become a mild draw.

Check out these 5 possible reasons and the fixes to your slicing problem in the golf swing…

#1: Check your grip

The grip is one of the first places I would check to see if you’re making a mistake that could be causing your slice. It’s an easy fix as well compared to going through a whole swing adjustment.

Gripping the golf club with a “weak” grip position can lead to a slice golf swing.

Analyze your fingers, how you wrap them around the club and the V’s that your thumb/index finger create. The V’s of both hands should be pointing towards your back shoulder.

If not, you may have too weak of a grip, meaning the hands are rotated too much to the left (for right hand golfers). Rotate the grip position of your fingers more to the right to get those V’s pointing towards your back shoulder, strengthening the grip position.

#2: Opening the Clubface on the Takeaway

As your turn back during the takeaway, check to see if your clubface is open, square, or closed. You may be rotating the face open during the takeaway move and then leaving it open throughout the rest of the swing, causing your slice.

As the club shaft gets parallel with the ground during the takeaway, the club head should be pointing vertical and the face should be pointing straight sideways.

If the face is pointing toward the sky, this indicates an open club face at the current position of the  backswing.

Practice taking the club back to this stopping point (checkpoint #1) and keeping the face square, not open. Slightly closed is also okay where the face is angled toward the ground slightly.

#3: Coming Over the Top (Downswing Move)

Another cause for a slice I see many golfers make, is the motion they do with their upper body on the down swing. We call it “Coming over the Top”.

This motion occurs when you let your upper body come out over top of the golf ball and turn back towards the inside. It causes the arms and club to follow the same outside to inside path to the golf ball, creating a pulled shot to the left.

As a result, you’ll compensate by leaving the face open to create that left to right slice spin to counter the initial direction the ball starts off to the left from this over the top swing motion.

Instead, get the hands and swing coming from the inside on the downswing. This will promote an inside to outside swing path which is key to stopping your slice.

A drill to fix the over the top swing motion and stop you from coming outside to inside is to put a head cover down on the outside back corner of your golf ball.

This headcover will force you to drop the club down to the inside and come from the inside to hit the ball. If you bring the club from outside, you’ll collide with the headcover.

In simple terms, the headcover acts as a road block, forcing you to change your path mid swing or else you’ll run into the head cover.

#4: Forgetting to Release the Golf Club

Holding off on the release can lead to slicing the golf ball. A proper release is letting the hands unhinge through impact and the arms turn over, shutting the club face during the follow through after impact.

But by keeping the hands from releasing properly and turning the forearms over, the club face stays open after impact, which affects the ball during impact all as one motion interconnected. The slice spin gets imparted onto the golf ball as a result.

The release should start to happen just before contact with the ball so the club has a chance to get squared up or closed as it comes into contact with the ball.

It’s definitely a timing issue and will take lots of practice to correct and perfect.

#5: Clubface Contact on the Heel

Another component of a slice golf swing is where you’re making contact with the ball on the clubface.

Slicers tend to make contact near the heel side of the club face which makes since because if the heel of the clubface is the first part to make contact with the golf ball, it’s a result of the face being open.

Check your ball striking by buying some clubface impact stickers to put on your clubface. These will show the marks of where the ball is making contact.

You can also spray some athlete foot spray over the clubface to create a white mist on the face. This will also highlight ball imprints on the face after each swing.

The goal is to move the ball mark away from the heel and toward center of the clubface or even slightly towards the toe of the clubhead.

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