Golf Causes and Cures: The Slice, Part II

For part I

If you’re part of the estimated 80-85 percent of golfers who slice the ball, your problem probably stems from a common cause. Here are a few more flaws that lead to a golf slice, and the cure for each:

  • Cause: Weak grip– Grip the club in your usual fashion and address the ball. How many knuckles can you see on the back of your left hand? If it’s less than two full knuckles, your grip is in a “weak” position. This may cause the clubface to rotate into an open position on the backswing, and without a powerful downswing body turn and/or rotation of the forearms, it will remain open at impact. Hello, golf slice.

  • Cure: Move your grip to a stronger position

  • Cause: Swing is too upright – The closer your left arm comes to being completely vertical at the top of your backswing, the more “upright” it is, and the more likely you are to slice the ball. Upright swingers tend to come over the top and lack the rotation necessary to send the ball toward the target.

  • Cure: Stand farther from the ball – This will force you to swing more around the body on a “flatter” (more horizontal) plane, promoting a swing path from inside the target line. If you typically slice your drives, teeing the ball slightly higher will serve the same purpose.

  • Cause: Failure to release the club– In order to square the clubface at impact, the right forearm and hand must roll over the left, an action called “releasing the club.” Several faults can inhibit your release, including tension in the hands and arms or an upper body that trails too far behind the hips and legs on the downswing.

  • Cure: Split-grip drill