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Outside-to-in swing path

An “outside-to-in swing path” is a term used in golf to describe the path the golf club takes during the swing. This swing path refers to a motion where the club moves from an outside position, away from the body, towards the inside and across the target line. This type of swing path is also known as a “slice” or “cut” in golf terms.

Key characteristics of an outside-to-in swing path:

  • The clubhead approaches the ball from an outside position towards the target line.
  • During the downswing, the clubhead cuts across the target line.
  • The clubface is open to the swing path, resulting in a right-to-left (for right-handed golfers) or left-to-right (for left-handed golfers) ball flight.

Causes of an outside-to-in swing path:

  • Weak grip: A weak grip can lead to an open clubface at impact, causing the club to move from outside to inside.
  • Over the top motion: When the upper body leads the downswing, pulling the club to the outside, the swing path becomes outside-to-in.
  • Lack of rotation: Limited rotation of the body during the swing can result in the club moving on an incorrect path.

Effects of an outside-to-in swing path:

  • Slice: The most common result of an outside-to-in swing path is a slice. This is a shot that curves from left to right (for right-handed golfers) or right to left (for left-handed golfers).
  • Lack of distance: An outside-to-in swing path can cause loss of power, resulting in reduced distance on shots.
  • Inconsistent ball striking: When the swing path is inconsistent, it can lead to inconsistent contact with the ball, resulting in mishits and poor shot dispersion.

Correcting an outside-to-in swing path:

  • Check your grip: Ensure you have a neutral or slightly strong grip to help control the clubface at impact.
  • Practice rotating the body: Focus on initiating the downswing with the lower body, allowing the club to drop into the correct position.
  • Use swing aids: Utilize training aids such as alignment sticks or swing plane trainers to help train your swing path.
  • Work with a golf professional: Seek guidance from a golf instructor who can analyze your swing and provide personalized drills and exercises to improve your swing path.


An outside-to-in swing path is a common swing flaw that leads to a slice and inconsistent ball striking. Understanding the causes and effects of this swing path can help golfers identify and correct the issue. By focusing on grip, body rotation, and seeking professional guidance, golfers can work towards developing a more desirable swing path, resulting in improved ball flight and overall performance on the course.