One sure way to cure the slice
Just how frustrating it is. Golfers young and old, new and veteran, we just hate slicing off the tee. Even after trying everything, the slice just won’t go away. You study, read, and practice, but the slice gets worse. What’s a golfer to do about eliminating the slice?
Maybe it’s time to look at the cause –
Most golfers know that when they try to hit the ball left by pulling the hands left, it causes greater spin to the right. That, in turn, creates more slice spin on the golf ball.
Most golfers concentrate on their hands and upper body to correct the slice. For example, they try to make an inside-out swing plane by looping the arms inside-out or using their hands to flip the club head through the ball to the left.
It could be the hands. But, most of the time, it’s the lower body that causes the slice. That is, the slice problem originates in your footwork, knees, thighs, and hips.
- Bad footwork
Your feet should never twist, move, or lift (except for your right foot, of course). Any movement that throws you off balance even slightly cause you to hold the club tighter. This causes you to use your arms and hands more during the swing and contribute to more sidespin on the ball.
- Bad hips
Spin your hips too early, and you will cause the club to travel on an out-to-in plane (over the top).
Shifting your weight by sliding your hips laterally too early can cause you to leave the clubface opened at impact.
Caution: Teachers may tell you to shift your weight with all the other clubs in your bag. But, shifting your weight too early when driving is never a good swing.
The Driver is the only club in your inventory that you use a tee so the ball is elevated from the ground as opposed to resting on the ground. Driving is the only time where you have to delay your weight shift so you can hit up on the ball as opposed to hitting down on the ball like other shots.
Other lessons teach you to use more lower body and more weight shift as the club gets longer. The idea is to bring the long and heavy club through better without using too much arms
Still, the Driver is the longest club in the bag, so your body will automatically try to use more weight shift. Then, as you lateral shift too early in the Driver downswing, your body will get ahead of the ball. That will either hit down on the ball and pop it up or go into the ball with an open clubface. Either way, the ball will slice.
One good drill:
Don’t panic if you don’t know what the problem is:
- Spinning your hips
- Shifting weight too early
- Swinging on an out-to-in plane
I have been solving the problem for myself and others for years. One simple drill will fix the slice, stabilize the lower body, and bring more distance to your drives.
- Hit balls with your right heel down for as long as possible.
- Keep it down at least through the impact zone.
Note: This should help keep your hips from spinning and shifting. And, the added stability in your legs will help relax your arms throughout the swing.
If you pull your hands inside post impact, you will have a hard time making effective contact with the ball with your right heel down.
- Extend your club head and feel like you are pointing right of your target as opposed to pulling it in and pointing left of the target. You will form a letter “Y” with your arms and the club. This “Y” should face to the front as opposed to the sky.
Spinning your hips or shifting too early, this drill will stabilize your hips and keep them in the correct position. If your hips don’t spin out, you will notice your hands won’t track out-to-in, and the club will drop into the correct slot in the downswing.
By keeping your right heel down, you will delay your weight shift with ease, and you will feel more pressure in your back foot at impact. This will reduce backspin, your ball will have more run, and you will gain more distance. And, stabilizing the lower body will help with keeping your feet quiet throughout the swing.
One good drill practiced long enough will minimize the causes that contribute to your slice, a relatively easy solution to one of golf’s most frustrating problems.