After a Swing Change Gradual Improvements on the Course

Believe it or not, one of the hardest parts of making the transition away from a slice is figuring out how to use your new, straighter shots on the course. This might seem like a good problem to have, and it is, but it’s still something you’ll need to overcome at some point.

For this section, we are going to assume you have done all the hard work necessary on the driving range to eliminate your slice. So, will everything go great when you play your first round after making these swing changes? Probably not. Hopefully, the following techniques will help to smooth out the bumps.

  • Pay close attention to your aim. If you have been playing with a slice for a while, you have probably adjusted to aim out to the left of the target. This is natural, as your ball has been curving badly to the right. Now that your slice is gone, you are going to have to pay close attention to make sure you are actually aiming properly. You don’t necessarily want to aim right at the target – you probably still have some kind of curve on your shots – but you shouldn’t need to aim as dramatically left as you were before. Think about the expected trajectory for each shot and aim accordingly.
  • Learn new distances. One of the overlooked elements of the slice is the fact that it tends to rob the player of a significant amount of distance. As your ball flight straightens out, your shots are almost certain to fly farther. Since it is nearly impossible to gauge your distances on the driving range, it is going to take a few rounds out on the course to get used to your new yardages.
  • Building trust. Simply put, you probably won’t trust your new ball flight at first. This is especially true for golfers who have been fighting with a slice for years. You are used to seeing the ball take off and quickly turn to the right – and you can’t just wipe out all of those memories. As you play your rounds, think about the work you’ve done on the range, and try to draw confidence from those experiences. With any luck, you’ll soon forget about your slice and fully trust your new pattern instead.

It is frustrating to deal with a slice, but you don’t need to just throw up your hands and give in. With a plan and plenty of work on the range, you should be able to gradually work toward straighter shots. We hope the information provided in this article will help you make progress toward your goals – good luck!