The sliced golf shot is one of golf’s most common and hated golf shots. The ball curves uncontrollably off line and many times can be lost or hit out of bounds.
Problem - A slice golf shot comes from a golfer's swing path impacting the golf ball from outside the target line then the club continues to swing post impact inside the target line. The club face will be open to the swing path, therefore causing a contrast between the club face and swing path causing the golf ball to curve off line. The more the golf ball slices the more the golfer will swing from outside to inside, therefore the golf ball curves even more.
Fix - Change the swing path through the ball so you hit more from the inside to the outside. A neutral grip is also important.
Key point - Place a tee peg about two feet behind the ball and about one foot closer to you. Then place another about two feet in front of the ball and one foot away from you. The idea is to swing the golf club from the marker closer to you then make contact with the golf ball, then allow the golf club to swing over the other marker that is beyond the golf ball. This will encourage a more inside to outside swing path.
Key grip tips - The top hand goes on the golf club first, making sure we hold the golf club straight. Hold the grip in the base of the fingers and wrap the hand on top, pointing the thumb down the front of the grip.
Check point 1 - Make sure you can see only 2½ knuckles on the hand when looking down.
Check point 2 - The thumb and index finger create a crease that points to your shoulder that is away from the target. Then place the bottom hand on the golf club holding again with the base of the fingers and wrap the thumb pad on top of the other hand's thumb.
Check point 3 - The crease between the thumb and the index finger points towards the shoulder furthest away from the target. Link the fingers at the back of the grip by either interlocking or overlapping the index finger of the top hand and the little finger of the bottom hand.
Top tip - Hold the club gently. Avoid strangling the golf club as this will restrict the correct hand action through the ball.
Releasing club tip - Once the grip has been neutralized then the idea would be to swing the golf club less from the outside of the ball. Therefore, attempt to swing the golf club more to the right of the target and release the golf club by crossing over the bottom arm with the top arm.
Top tip - Point the golf club's butt end towards where the golf ball started at set up at the half way position in the follow through.