The Golf Slice
What is the Golf Slice?
A Slice is a specific left-to-right trajectory shape for a golf ball created by a significant tilt of the spin-axis of the golf ball to the right, or a clockwise spin. This is opposite for lefties. A slice usually ends up right of the target line, and the term is often used when the curve in the trajectory is extreme and unintentional. The less extreme version of a slice is called a “fade”.
What causes the Golf Slice?
In understanding the basics of the golf swing, in order to hit the ball squarely and straight every time, you must return to the original spot at impact. A Slice is caused by the club face being slightly open at the point of impact, thus causing the ball to spin in a clockwise motion, (opposite for lefties). In most cases the swing path is correct, but the golf ball is not being hit squarely at the point of impact, commonly caused by what is known as a “weak grip”.
How to fix the Golf Slice?
The simplest fix for a slice is in the grip. By having a “weak grip”, a grip that is turned more counter-clockwise, (opposite for lefties), can cause the club face to open at the time of impact. Start by turning your grip slightly to the right, (left for lefties), thus giving you a “stronger grip”, not holding the club more tightly. Remember the basics and only hold the club tight enough to keep control. You should not have any tension on your wrist and forearms. Practice the stronger grip and check your results. Changing your grip should be slight, over compensating can cause other problems with your swing or begin to cause you to Hook. Most Slicing is from a “weak grip”, but you must have the proper basics of a swing to properly correct your Slice.
Whether you are a beginner or have played before, knowing the basics will continue to help you become a better golfer. But knowing is not all, you must practice, practice, practice. What looks good on paper or on the Internet, is only as good as you applying it on the golf course.