After a Swing Change Gradual Improvements on the CourseBelieve 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,

Making a swing change and experiencing gradual improvements on the golf course! Making adjustments to your swing can be a challenging process, but it's great to hear that your hard work is paying off. Here are a few points to consider as you continue to refine your swing and make progress:

  1. Patience and Persistence: It's important to stay patient throughout the process. Changing your swing takes time, and results may not be immediate. Remember that every golfer progresses at their own pace, so focus on the positive improvements you're making rather than comparing yourself to others.
  2. Practice with Purpose: Continue to practice with a purposeful approach. Break down your swing into smaller components and work on them individually. Focus on specific areas that need improvement and incorporate drills or exercises that target those aspects. Regular and consistent practice will help solidify the changes in your muscle memory.
  3. Seek Professional Guidance: Consider seeking guidance from a golf instructor or coach. They can provide valuable insights, identify any lingering swing flaws, and offer specific drills or exercises tailored to your swing. Professional guidance can help expedite the learning process and ensure you're on the right track.
  4. Course Management: As you continue to refine your swing, it's essential to develop good course management skills. Understand your strengths and weaknesses and adjust your strategy accordingly. For example, if you've improved your accuracy but lost some distance, focus on playing smart shots that maximize your strengths rather than taking unnecessary risks.
  5. Mental Approach: Golf is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. Maintain a positive mindset and trust in the changes you've made to your swing. Avoid getting too fixated on your score or individual shots. Instead, focus on the process, stay present, and make the best decisions on each shot.
  6. Track Your Progress: Keep a record of your rounds and monitor your progress over time. Documenting your scores, fairways hit, greens in regulation, and other relevant statistics will help you gauge your improvement objectively. It will also give you a sense of accomplishment as you see your numbers improve over time.

Remember, golf is a journey, and swing changes are a natural part of the game. Embrace the process, stay dedicated, and enjoy the incremental improvements you're experiencing.