Best Ways To Fix Your Golf Slice

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Hitting a golf slice is flat-out annoying. Sadly, it accounts for 99% of the misses for amateur golfers and is typically caused by an open club face or an out-to-in swing path, where the club head slices away from the ball from an over-the-top golf swing.

Fortunately, there are many solutions to fix a golf slice starting from your grip, your posture, all the way to the type of club you’re using. It may seem like there are some tradeoffs in fixing a slice – but there really aren’t!

Below, we’ll cover the three variants of a golf slice, how to fix them, and how to play them if necessary. After this post, you’ll find yourself hitting straighter shots and improving your handicap score in the process. Let’s begin!

The 3 Types of Golf Slices

As the title mentions, there are 3 types of golf slices: the push-slice, the pull-slice, and the normal golf slice.

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Pull-Slice (Orange), Standard Slice (Red), Push-Slice (Yellow)

The push-slice is a golf slice in which the ball starts to the right of your target line and curves more towards the right (if you’re right-handed). This is usually caused by a combination of an open club face and an outside-in swing path, where you’re hitting across the golf ball from outside your swing plane.

The pull-slice is a golf slice that starts from the left of your target line but then slices back to the right of your target line. This is usually caused by a combination of a closed club face and an outside-in swing path.

Finally, we have our normal slice, where the golf ball starts towards or slightly towards your target line but then curves right afterward. This is often caused by hitting with an open club face or making impact with the heel of the club face.

Fixing Your Golf Slice

There are a few main factors that contribute to the golf slice. Let’s take them on one-by-one and learn how each of them may affect your golf swing.

Switching to a Stronger Grip

The grip is the first thing any golfer should be concerned about when it comes to fixing a golf slice.

Most slicers have a hard time squaring their club face because their grip is too neutral. These golfers should consider switching to a stronger grip which allows the club face to close/ square itself at impact. To change to a strong grip simply:

  1. Set up your club flush to the ground, where the bottom edge of the golf club is parallel and resting with the ground.
  2. Rotate the club head roughly 45 degrees counterclockwise.
  3. Without adjusting for the rotated club head, grip your golf grip how you normally would if the club head was in its neutral position.
  4. Finally, rotate club head clockwise, back to its neutral position.

A stronger golf grip may feel very awkward at first, but you’ll get used to it overtime.

Grip Pressure 

For grip pressure, you never want to grip the club at 100%. Too much pressure on your grip leads to tension in your upper body and a higher chance that you’ll swing over the top of your golf ball.

A good feel for the right amount of grip pressure is with a wet towel. Twist the towel just to the point when the water is about to drip, that’s the pressure you want on your grip. 

Checking Your Posture and Stance

If you’re stance and posture are fine but you’re still slicing the ball, you can try flaring out your lead foot (the left foot pointing slightly more, but less than 45 degrees, towards the target) or offsetting your back foot by shifting it backward by roughly one-inch from the tips of your lead foot. 

Doing either ‘frees up’ your hips, allowing them to rotate more during your golf swing, potentially fixing an outside-in swing which is often caused by a lack of hip movement.

Head Behind the Ball

Another thing to check for when fixing your golf slice is your head positioning.

Many golfers have a bad tendency of turning their face towards the target during setup in hopes to keep the golf ball from slicing. However, this position inhibits a proper shoulder turn and sets you up for an even more outside-in swing path.

To have your head positioning benefit your swing, you must keep it behind the golf ball throughout your entire golf swing. To do this, set up with a slight tilt with your upper body away from your target and stop when your left ear is aligned with the back of the golf ball at the address. Maintain

Don’t Rush Your Downswing and Use Your Hips

Rushing your golf swing does not generate more speed but will ruin your tempo while creating an even worse slice. Most amateurs do not swing with their hips but with their arms. This, coupled with a rushed golf swing, results in the collapse of the right shoulder and once again, an over-the-top swing path.

To have your head positioning benefit your swing, you must keep it behind the golf ball throughout your entire golf swing. To do this, you’ll need to make sure your head is positioned correctly during your setup.

Start by setting up with a slight tilt with your upper body away from your target and stop when your left ear is aligned with the back of the golf ball. Maintain this head positioning throughout your golf swing (especially during impact), except when you’ve reached your finish.

Starting With the Right Equipment

It’s a no-brainer that the golf club you use can be the culprit to your slices. Most amateur’s start with unfitted or second-handed clubs, so having an overly stiff set of golf clubs is common.

The shaft flex is the ability of a golf shaft to bend during the golf swing. In most cases, golfers with a faster golf swing are recommended to stick with a stiffer shaft flex to prevent too much shaft distortion during their golf swing. 

So what shaft flex should you be using?

To be honest, the most efficient way to tell is based on how far you can hit with your driver. Here’s a handy cheat sheet:

  • X Flex (Extra Flex): Consistent swing speeds of 110 mph or more and a driving distance of 270 yards or more
  • S Flex (Stiff Flex): Consistent swing speeds between 100 to 110 mph and can hit between 240 to 270 yards
  • R Flex (Regular): Consistent swing speeds between 80 to 100 mph and a driving distance between 210 to 240 yards
  • A or M Flex (Amateur or Senior): Consistent swing speeds between 75 to 85 mph and a driving distance between 180 to 210 yards
  • L Flex (Ladies): Consistent swing speeds of 75 mph or below with a driving distance of less than 180 yards

To accurately calculate how far you can hit with each club, check out our post on golf club distances. If you don’t know your swing speed, we’d advise you to visit a local golf store with TrackMan Golf or any other indoor golf simulator.

Ball Positioning

You may suffer from a golf slice if you position your balls too forward for each golf club.

For shorter clubs like your wedges and chippers, get into your normal golf stance and place a club at the center between your feet while it is perpendicular to your target line. 

For each club longer than your wedges, so starting with your 9-iron, you should move the ball by roughly half an inch upwards and towards your front foot.

Finally, for the driver, the ball should be placed on the instep of your front foot, not passing your left toe.

Playing the Slice

Yes, you’re not reading the title wrong, we want you to play the slice but only if necessary.

There will be days where you just can’t stop slicing the ball. In those cases, learn to play it. Most online sources would tell you not to fix the slice by aiming more left (if you’re right-handed) as it’ll make the slice even worse.

Though that’s true to some degree, we won’t advise those who want to be better golfers down the road to avoid playing the slice.

Good golfers are those who are great shot shapers and use every type of golf shot to their advantage. If you’ve been slicing all day and can’t seem to fix it, learn the curvature of your slice and adjust your aim accordingly. Then replicate the same slice and curve your ball on the fairway.

You can also benefit from the golf slice to avoid trees in front of you. We’ve seen Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods do this, slicing the golf ball to curve around the trees instead of hitting over them.

With that said, instead of deeming the golf slice as a bad shot right away, accept it as a golf shot that you can use. Eventually, you’ll have added another skillset to your golf arsenal.

Final Thoughts and What’s Next?

To be fair, you’ll never be able to stop hitting a golf slice completely. Even some of the best golfers out there hit a slice occasionally. What you should be focusing on instead is limiting the number of times an accidental golf shot, like the golf slice, is made, and this post should have addressed everything you needed to know to do so!

Now, visit your nearest golf range and start practicing these concepts while they’re still fresh in your memory, and feel free to let us know how it went!

If this post was helpful and you’re looking for more ways to improve your golf swing, check out our swing plane and golf swing sequence blog posts to further improve your ball strike consistency!

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Mark has been an avid golfer for more than 15 years and has reviewed golf clubs since 2015. He is also the founder of the Golf Leap Blog site.

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