Slice Shot - The Slicing Nightmare & How To Stop It
July 27th, 2016
The most common golf problem that beginners face is learning how to master the accuracy of their shots, especially when using the longer clubs. I remember when I first started playing golf and it seemed that the ball would go in any direction but straight. If you are just starting out yourself then the good news is that there are a few techniques that can help fix these mis-guided shots.
The Slice: Every Beginner's Main Problem
Probably rated as the most frequent and frustrating problem that a beginner golf player faces is the slice. It happens all of the time and there is absolutely nothing positive about a bad sliced shot.
The ball starts off going straight with the perfect amount of loft, then suddenly out of nowhere, off to the right it goes (for right-handed golfers). It is inevitable that the ball will end up landing in a danger zone, far away from the intended target, sailing into the out-of-bounds area, the rough, trees, you name it.
Sliced balls do not travel very far either. The experience of having the wind take the ball as it veers off towards the right, like a banana, is nothing short of annoying. It is such a common problem that most regular golf players spend countless hours trying not to slice the ball.
Just take a look at your local driving range and you will notice ball after ball slicing to the right, and to the left for those left-handed players. You are not alone with this issue and with proper technique plus a little work, you can be well on your way to preventing the slice.
What Causes A Slice?
Slicing the ball is due to the clubface being open in relation to the swing path. When your clubface is turned open at the point of impact, the ball tends to have an enormous amount of clockwise sidespin, thus causing the slice.
Now if your swing is exaggeratedly outside-in, then your clubface will hit the ball with a cut-throat right-to-left action. The ball will also make a clockwise spin and then slice. Combining these two errors, there is little-to-no chance of keeping the ball in play.
Too Much Body Language
Golf players that slice the ball tend to use their body when swinging, more so than the hands and arms. Tension is also a factor. When the entire body is rigid and tense, usually caused by fear of making a bad shot, it makes it easier for the clubface to make impact at an angle.
Another contributing factor is speed. Slicers tend to swing their club way too fast. Check out some of the good golfers at your local course, those that are rarely making a slice. You will notice that the ones which appear to swing lazily and relaxed do not hit too many slices, if any at all. Stop trying to kill the ball and you will see a big improvement in your shot.