It is estimated that over 90 percent of the golfing population routinely slice the golf ball. Unfortunately, there is not one specific fix to magically hit the golf ball straight. The golf swing functions with a cause and effect relationship. If you create an extra move in the swing, there must be a compensation somewhere to make up for the extra movement. Proper fundamentals create solid golf shots. Compensations in the swing are a temporary band aid for a swing fault.
What are a few causes for a slice? The following are a few of the more common swing tendencies that lead to a slice.
Square the clubface at impact. There are many fundamental reasons why a golf ball will slice with a driver. A slice initially starts because the clubface is open at impact.
Grip the driver properly. Often golfers who consistently slice the golf ball have a very weak grip. A good golf swing starts with a good grip. For a right-handed golfer, a V is formed between your index finger and thumb on both hands. On the left hand, the V should point between your chin and right shoulder, and the V on your right hand should point up towards your right shoulder.
Grip the club with the proper tension. The arms and shoulders need to work cohesively in the swing. If a golfer grips the club with too much tension, they will lose the fluid movement needed to hit a consistent golf shot. On a scale of 1 – 10, a golfer should grip the club on a scale of 3 to 4. Take a deep breath and stay relaxed.
Stand farther away from the ball. Setting up father away from the golf ball should help flatten the golf swing. The arms and club need room to swing past the body. If you Stand too close to the ball, you will generate a steep golf swing, potentially leading to a swing where the club is traveling on an “out to in” swing path.
Keep the body and shoulders lined up towards the target. If the body or shoulders open up before impact, it is common that the club face will remain open. If the club face is open, the golfer will hit a slice.
Hopefully this will help you diagnose some of the more common swing faults that lead to the dreaded slice.