Golf Tips: Curing Your Slice
By Jack Moorehouse
Slicing is probably the biggest swing flaw in golf. I run into
players on the course that slice all the time. Many players taking golf
lessons from me slice. And newsletter readers are always asking me to
provide golf tips on correcting a slice. Needless to say, slicing does
little to help your golf handicap. But if you're a slicer and you're
determined to eliminate it from your game, you first need to know why
The root cause of a slice, as I've often
written in my golf tips, is an
open clubface at impact. The solution is simple-at least on paper.
Change the open clubface to a square
or slightly closed clubface at
impact and you'll rid yourself of the problem. However, depending on
factors like, your build and your suppleness, the reasons why your
clubface is open at impact may be quite different from those of another
One professional instructor broke down slicers into four
"pull-down twister," the "one-way turner," the "one-piece up-lifter,"
and the "up-and-down bobber." While some instructors might disagree
with the breakdown, it's useful when it comes to talking about slicing.
Once you know the type of slicer you are, you'll find it easier to
correct the problem. It'll be like taking a free golf lessons from a
The "Pull-Down Slicer"
The Pull-Down Slicer features a dominant left side. Usually, she's easy
to recognize on the course. She positions the ball too far forward at
address, sets her left hand even or slightly ahead of the ball, and
positions her right hand on top of the left. Her left arm is overly
tight and rigid. At the start of the swing, she pushes the club
straight back along the line of play and uses an arms only swing. The
result: an outside-to-inside swing path, with the clubhead trailing
behind the hands.
If you're a pull down slicer, the easiest way to overcome this
flaw is hitting balls with the right arm only-a drill I've discussed in
my golf tips. Position the ball inside your right heel, which sets your
right hand and your right shoulder lower at address, and encourages you
swing from inside along the target line. You'll have to really cock
your wrist to do this, but the added wrist cock helps you square the
The "One-Way Turner"
The One-Way Turner has difficulty pivoting fully during his swing. It
may be because of his build. He's usually overweight, has a big chest
and/or short arms, or is just not supple enough. Whatever the reason,
he's just not able to make a full shoulder turn or an uninhibited
swing. Men seem to fall into this category more than woman.
One of two errors usually occurs with this type of slicer. He
tries to square his clubface on the downswing by turning his body too
much, which leaves his clubhead far behind the ball and the clubface
impact. Or, he makes a feeble attempt to route the club onto the
correct path with his arms, resulting in an outside-to-inside swing.
Either way, he slices.
Some players just can't make a full turn. If a big turn isn't
possible, learn to play a controlled fade. I don't usually recommend
this in golf instruction sessions but sometimes there's no recourse. A
couple of adjustments at address help. First, open your stance and aim
left. Second, strengthen your grip by turning both hands to the right,
promoting more solid contact.
The "One-Piece Up-Lifter"
Frail women often fall into the category, but you'll find men in it,
too. The problem: setting up to the ball too upright, which generates
an upright swing, since the club feels lighter that way. The swing also
has too little body rotation. And the arms become disconnected from the
body causing the club to travel along an outside-to-inside swing path.
If this is your problem, bend more at the hips. Now take some
swings, making a conscious effort to "flatten out" your swing. Try
swinging the club around your body more and cocking your hands earlier
than you usual. By swinging around your body and cocking your hands,
you'll correct the outside-to-inside swing path. You'll also generate
more clubhead speed, resulting in more power.
The "Up-and-Down Bobber"
Tall people usually fall into this category, but you'll find short
people there, too. Regardless of your stature, it results in poor
posture at address. So you end up being either too upright in your
stance or too bent over. By being too upright or too bent in your
stance, you instinctively make mid-swing adjustments that lead to a
To eliminate this type of slice, correct your posture. To
escape a too
upright posture, bend more at the hips. At first, you'll feel you're
too close to the ball, but in time you'll get used to it. To escape a
too bent over posture, set your spine more upright at address by
bending at the knees more and widening your stance slightly. At first,
you'll feel too far from the ball, but like the too upright golfer,
you'll get used to it.
If you're a slicer, you probably fit into one of these four
The key is figuring out which one. Once you know that, you can make the
proper adjustments and rid yourself of your slice once and for all and
probably improve your golf handicap.
Jack Moorehouse is the author of the best-selling book "How
To Break 80 And Shoot Like The Pros." He is NOT a golf pro, rather
a working man that has helped thousands of golfers from all seven
continents lower their handicap immediately. He has a free weekly
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