The oh-so-ugly SLICE is the exact opposite of a HOOK. When a right-handed
golfer hits a SLICE, the ball starts its flight on a path to the
right of the desired direction, and spin on the ball creates a
dramatic curve further to the right – towards the trees,
the clubhouse deck, the windshield of your car, etc. (again, it’s
just the opposite for left-handed golfers).
WHY IT HAPPENS
When you slice the ball, the club face is OPEN at the point
of contact. This means that it angles to the right of the direction
you want the ball to go. As a result, the ball goes to the right
of your desired line of flight. And with a slice, your swing
path is also OUTSIDE IN, which means that the club’s path
starts outside of the desired ball path and finishes inside of
that path. This puts tremendous clockwise spin on the ball, taking
it sharply to the right as it travels through the air.
HOW TO FIX IT
- Your stance may not be too open
Here’s how to tell: if you’re a right-handed golfer and
put a club across your toes after addressing the ball, the shaft of
the club would point to the left of your desired target. With a square
stance, the line will be parallel to the line of desired ball travel.
- You may be standing too close to the ball
If your swing path is from outside to inside, you may actually be standing
too close to the ball. In the correct posture, your upper arms should
lightly touch your chest - and you should be in balance.
Generally, simply squaring the swing path will also eliminate the problem
of the open club face. But if you still have an open clubface – the
P3ProSwing™ will tell you – then it’s time to try fixing number
- Lighten your grip pressure
A grip that’s too tight or tense will restrict motion and the
natural squaring of the clubface.
- Check your top handgrip
The grip of the club should be held in the fingers of the top hand
(left hand for a right handed golfer) so that the grip is under the
pad of the top hand.
- Make sure that the angle of your hands is correct
Visualize a line extending from the “V” formed by the thumb
and forefinger of each hand as you grip the club. That line should
point to the back shoulder – the right one, if you’re a
- Check your clubface at address
The leading edge of your club should be perfectly square to the sensor
lines on your P3pro before you swing. If you begin with the clubface open,
you won’t be able to square it during the swing. This is a very common
mistake, by the way… and the sensor lines on your P3ProSwing™ will
help you ‘cheat’ your visualization while you learn!
- Check your ball position relative to your stance
Many golfers end up with an open clubface at impact because their ball
position is slightly off. Moving the ball a little farther forward
in your stance will normally eliminate an open clubface. For right
handed golfers, your ball position should be slightly left of center
with all of your clubs.