Golf Slice Cure

by : Aidan Sugrue

Tee to Tree - The dreaded slice has ruined the attitudes of countless golfers for decades. Although your tee shot may seem ok at first, it starts to curve to the right and becomes hopelessly lost in a frightful collection of looming trees and crackling branches. This is the most common problem for golfers.

Diagnosis - It happens because of two basic problems. First, the angle of the club's face is not right upon impact. Second, the path of the club is wrong as you swing down through the ball. There are various reasons that the angle of the clubface can be off and other reasons for a poor swing path. Diagnosing these two problems is the first step and curing them and ending the terrible slice.

Diagnosis - To diagnose what is causing your slice, there are several things to consider. First, take a look at your grip. Sometimes your left hand may be turned too far to the left. If this doesn't seem to be the problem, look at the way you stand up to the ball. Some golfers stand way to the left and this is usually the reason for the slice. You have to have your stance square to the ball.

Backswing Blues - This may still leave many golfers wondering what the problem is. If this is the case, there may still be a problem with the backswing. Sometimes the club may be going too far back and away from your body when you make your backswing.

Uppity Shoulder - Finally, there can sometimes be a problem with your shoulder right before you hit the ball. Some golfers throw their leading shoulder up in the air right before they hit the ball. This throws everything off in their swing. Check each of these possible problems by asking your friends to watch your swing. If they see one of these problems are especially noticeable, you can move on to the correction process.

The Cure - There are many ways to cure a slice. Curing the golf grip may be a simple case of moving your left hand. Squaring your stance may require the use of a club that you lay on the ground in front of you. If you place the club parallel to the direction of the shot, your feet should be aligned with the club on the ground. Practice this stance until it becomes natural. Your shoulders should also be aligned in this way with the club. In terms of a problem on your backswing, make sure to keep your elbows in as you swing back. This may correct the problem with your backswing as you may have been pushing the club away from your body. Finally, keep the leading shoulder down and allow your hands and arms to move through the ball naturally.

The Road to Success - Correcting a slice can take a lot of careful diagnosis but these basic principles may help you to determine what to look for at first. After that, some careful practice and determination may cure this problem and put you on a better road to success off the tee.