The slice is widely acknowledged to be golf’s most common miss. But why? It has much to do with the awkward nature of the golf swing.
A slice – a shot that curves drastically to the right (for righties) -- happens when the clubface is open in relation to the swing path at impact with the ball, imparting left-to-right spin. The average golfer’s swing creates this combination automatically through a series of incorrect motions.
Fact is, few if any golfers naturally swing the club on an inside-to-outside path which prevents slicing. That takes specific technique and considerable repetition. Lacking those essentials, most golfers are doomed to the outside-to-in path at the root of most slices.
Improper weight shift is frequently the culprit. The proper sequence finds the golfer’s weight shifting to the right foot on the backswing, then to the left on the downswing and follow-through. This feels unnatural to many players, who “reverse pivot” (shift right to left going back, then left to right coming through) and suffer from slicing.
Another common flaw is to allow the upper body to control the swing, rather than leading with the hips and torso. This causes an “over-the-top” action, sending the clubhead outside the correct path on its way to the ball.