A golf ball that is sliced tails to the right for a right-handed golfer, and to the left for a left-handed golfer. Before you can stop slicing with your driver, you need to know the cause of your slice. There are many factors that can contribute to a slice, so determining the cause can be a process of elimination. While most "slicers" come over the top, causing an outside-in swing (the club veers to the outside of the desired path during the backswing and to the inside during the downswing), other areas you will want to investigate include ball-flight pattern, alignment, grip size and shaft flex.
Things You'll Need
- Golf clubs
- Golf balls
Warm up by hitting balls with your short and mid irons. When you are ready to hit your driver, pick a specific target, go through your normal pre-shot routine, and hit the ball. Repeat this process five or six times; your ball flight will give you valuable information.
Wherever the ball starts on its flight path has to do with your swing path, and where it moves after that has to do with the angle of the clubface at impact. If the ball is starting left of the target, either you are lined up to the left or you are coming over the top. If the ball starts straight, your alignment and swing path are good. If the ball starts right of the target, either your clubface is open at impact or you are lined up to the right.
Check your alignment. If the ball is starting left or right of your target, your alignment–your stance in regard to the target–might be contributing to your slice. Lay a club on the ground pointing at your target. Lay another club on the ground parallel to the first club about 2 feet away. Align your feet parallel to the second club and hit five or six balls. Watch the ball flight. If it is starting to the left, your slice is the result of your coming over the top. If the ball starts straight, it means you are not squaring the club at impact. If the ball starts right, it means the clubface is open at impact.
Place a golf tee or other visible item in line with the first club you laid down and about 6 feet toward your target. Continue to hit balls, this time focusing on swinging the clubhead toward the golf tee. This will promote a more inside-out swing and help reduce or eliminate your slice.
If you are still slicing, try moving the tee 2 feet farther to the right, or to the left if you are left-handed.
Check your grip size. If you are right-handed, grip the club with your left hand, and if you are left-handed, grip the club with your right hand. Look at the fingertips of your two middle fingers. If the grip is the correct size, they should be comfortably touching your palm. If there is a gap between your two middle fingers and the palm of your hand, the grip is too big, and it is making it difficult for you to square the club at impact. Re-grip your driver with a smaller grip.
Check the flex of your driver. If you are swinging at a speed that is too high for the flex of of your driver shaft, it could cause the face to be open at impact and result in a slice. In general, if you swing below 80 mph, you will want to use a ladies or senior shaft. If you swing 80 to 90 mph, you will want to swing a regular flex shaft. If you swing 90 to 100 mph, you should use a stiff flex shaft. If you swing over 100 mph, you should use an extra stiff flex. If necessary, have your driver re-shafted with the proper flex.
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