How to Hit a Slice in Golf

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In golf, a slice or a fade implies that the ball is moving from the left to the right, for a right-handed golfer. Discover how pulling more with the left hand will allow a golf ball to slice with help from a Class A member of the PGA of America in this free video on hitting a slice in golf.

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Hi, this is Kevin Battersby of, in Coconut Creek, Florida. In this clip, I'm going to show you how to hit a slice in golf. If you go back over the ages, some of the greatest, I wouldn't say slices, but guys that faded the ball, to slicing the ball would be Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Mark Calcavecchia, Tiger hits a lot of cuts, and fades and slices. Anytime you use the word slice, you're implying that the ball's going to move left to right, for a right-handed golfer, of course. And that's done by using the club and using your left arm to actually control the club, through the impact area and feeling like the head of the club and your handle are staying in front of your club face prior to impact, putting a left, right spin on it. That we also call the timing or the face direction. So typically any player that's hitting a fade or a slice properly will be using their left arm to pull the club further. In each shot there's a pull and a push and if I push too much with my right hand the club will pass my hands and I'll impart a right to that spin and hook the ball. Take Lee Trevino for example, he would aim left, put the ball forward and then on his approach to the ball from the inside, down the line, he'd hold on to his left arm and then hit the face slightly behind his hands, imparting a little left, right spin, starting the ball left of the target and then moving back to the right. So a slice would actually be a big left to right, a fade would be a small one. Your greatest players will use, employ either of those techniques if they need to go around a tree, or on a dogleg, they might slice the ball. I think over the years, Mark McCumber probably hit the biggest fade or slice that I would see for a competitive golfer. Certainly Lee Trevino was always the watchword for players that fade the ball, cut the ball, slice the ball left to right. Won many majors and although it was one of the detractors in his game when we went to the Masters, because that's a golf course you have to hook the ball. Your grip would be the greatest determinant on whether you can curve the ball. In this clip we're showing you how to slice the ball on your golf shots. It's the only part of your body touching the club are your hands. So if you do want to fade the ball or slice the ball, moving it left to right, for a right-handed golfer, you'll hit your right hand not so far under the shaft, you'll move it so you see less of your nails, and you can even slice with your left hand, moving it more to the left also. The combination of those two features makes it harder for the face to pass your hands which is really what happens when you don't slice the ball, so the head stays behind your hands and you have more of a pulling action to the shot. This has been Kevin Battersby showing you how to slice the golf ball.


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