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By Paul Myers

It’s not breaking news that the golf slice is one of the biggest problems plaguing most amateur golfers. If you are stuck dealing with a slice, you may be quite frustrated with the perceived inability to fix it, and it might even have you not wanting to play as much anymore. Don’t give up on your game just because you are dealing with a golf slice – instead, develop a specific plan to fix it so you can move on and get back to enjoying the game that you love.

1) Swing Out More to the Right (for a right-handed golfer)

Assuming you hit the ball in the center of the club face and you are catching the ball at the bottom of your swing arc, for a ball to start left of the target and slice back towards the target, your swing path had to be too far left. So in order to start the ball straight at the target, you need to swing out more to the right.

This can be a bit scary to do, especially if you do not want to hit to the right. It’s like skiing, if you lean back going down the hill, it’s much more difficult to ski well…than if you lean down the hill. So it’s sort of a matter of moving in the direction of your fear.

Since what you think is swinging straight is actually left, you may have to feel like your swinging well to the right in order for it to be straight.

2) Close the Clubface-to-Path Relationship

The other thing that is going on to cause the slice as mentioned above is that the club face could have to be open to your swing path. So the other piece of the puzzle is getting the face-to-path relationship from open to closed.

There are any number of ways to accomplish this. Sometimes strengthening (turning it clockwise) your lead hand grip slightly can help. You might also start the club at address a little more closed. Or you may feel like you close the club quicker on the down swing.

However that gets accomplished doesn’t matter so much, as long as it gets done.

Center Contact

Above we mentioned having center contact. The reason that is important is because another thing that could cause the slice is hitting the ball towards the inner part (the part closest to you) of the club face.

We won’t get in to center of gravity, gear affect, and the other related science behind that, but just know that hitting the inner part of the club face can cause slicing shots. If you want to check your contact, pick up some foot powder spray from your local pharmacy or drug store, spray some on the face, make 10 drives, and see where your striking pattern is located. If it’s on the inside part of the club, you’ll know that this could be causing part of your slice.

The golf slice is a swing fault that certainly can be fixed, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment. Start working on your slice by trying out the three tips above and seeing how much progress you can make. It is a challenge that may take some time and practice to overcome, but it can be done.

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By Paul Myers

There might be nothing more frustrating in all of golf than fighting a slice. There is nowhere to hide from a bad slice, and it can seem like it rears its ugly head hole after hole. It can get old to look up from hitting your tee shot only to see your ball floating off to the right and into the trees – or worse. A bad slice has been known to chase people away from the game and just give up altogether. If you are going to avoid that fate, you’ll probably want to get a grip on your slice as soon as possible.

Read below how to fix a golf slice…

Understanding the Cause

As with any problem, it helps to understand what is at the cause of it before you are going to be able to successfully fix it. A slice can be created when the club travels through the hitting zone on an outside-to-inside path with an open club face relative to that path. Slicers sometimes push the club away from their body at the top of the backswing and pull it back in during the downswing. That can create the outside-in path needed for a slice, and the rest is history.

What to Do

It is one thing to understand where the slice is coming from, but it is another thing how to fix a golf slice. Rather than trying to fix your backswing, you might go back to the beginning of your swing and fix the takeaway portion of the move. Many slicers make the same mistake within just a few inches of starting their swing, and they never recover. If you can just eliminate that one mistake, there is a chance your slice will go away right along with it.

A Fatal Flaw in Your Takeaway

A narrow backswing can lay the ground work for a slice. Almost all good golfers have a wide backswing during which the arms are kept fairly extended out away from the body so they can drop inside on the downswing and attack the ball from a good position. If you slice, you may have a narrow backswing.

That narrow backswing can be traced back to the very start of your swing. Pay attention to how your swing is starting – are you moving the club back with your arms and shoulders, or is it being moved by your hands? When the hands are responsible for initiating the swing, one tendancy can be to flip the club head to the inside and get started on a narrow path. From there, it is may be inevitable that you are going to have a narrow backswing – and a slice as a result.

How to Fix A Golf Slice

It might seem too simple, but one fast way to possibly fix your slice is to make sure you are moving the club back with your torso, shoulders and arms rather than your hands. Think about your hands as taking a passive role during the swing while your torso turns away from the target and moves the club up into position. As long as your hands stay relatively quiet in the beginning of the backswing, and you keep your arms out away from your torso, that narrow backswing should be a thing of the past.

When you are hitting a slice, it often feels like there is no way to make it stop. However, with this simple adjustment to your takeaway, a better ball flight might be just around the corner.

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