Every slice is caused by the same basic impact position: The clubface is open relative to the path on which the clubhead is traveling. However, there are many different swing flaws that can create this unwanted combo.
The majority of golfers who slice suffer from one of three problems: 1) Poor alignment 2) Reverse pivot 3) “Casting” the club from the top.
Are you guilty of one of these faults? Here’s the best tip for fixing each issue:
1. Poor alignment: Square up body and clubface
Many golfers adjust to the rightward flight of a slice by lining up farther left. Big mistake. This actually makes the problem worse by increasing the amount the clubface cuts across the ball.
Practice aligning your clubface directly at the target, with your feet, hips and shoulders parallel to this line. Follow this routine to get yourself lined up properly.
2. Reverse pivot: Two-step drill
In a correct golf swing, weight shifts to the right foot on the backswing, then to the left on the downswing and follow-through. Some golfers do the exact opposite, while others manage to shift their weight properly going back, but fail to get off the right side coming through. In either case, the clubface is open at impact.
The reverse pivot can be tough to conquer if it’s ingrained. Luckily, there’s a great way to beat it -- the “weight shift two-step drill.” You can practice this one at home, without a ball, for better, quicker results.
3. “Casting” the club: Pause drill
Question: What’s your first move after completing the backswing? If you said, “Throwing the hands and arms at the ball,” you’re guilty of casting the club.
When the upper body leads the downswing, the club flies away from the body and “across the line,” producing the dreaded outside-to-in clubhead path that virtually guarantees a slice. Instead, the left foot and hip should get things rolling.
The “pause at the top drill” takes some time to perform properly, but it can cure your casting issues and your slice for good.