🥇 Tips Drills and Instructions to Stop Slicing with Golf Driver
For amateurs and high-handicapped golf players, slicing is a major problem. Let’s look into the definition, causes and cures, to stop slicing with your driver.
Summary to stop Slicing with Golf Driver
- Grip – weak grip causes slice. Make you grip slightly stronger!
- Alignment – bad alignment causes slice. Make sure feet knees, hips and shoulder are parallel to the target!
- Ball position – ball too far forward causes slice. Ball position inside the left feet (right-handed golfer)
- Swing path – too active upper-body causes slice. Make an inside-out swing path.
- Shaft stiffness – can cause slice. You need shaft stiffness that suits your swing speed.
List of contents:
What causes a slice with driver in golf?
The following factors causes slice with driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.
- Weak grip
- Open body alignment
- Ball position too far forward
- Outside-to-inside swing path
- Shaft stiffness that’s not ideal for your swing speed
Weak grip causes Slice
A weak grip can cause a slice. A lot of beginners and high handicappers have a weak grip, which causes the club face to be open at impact. If you are slicing, there is a very good chance that you got a weak grip, turned more to the right (right hander). This grip with your top hand is sure to create slices
Bad alignment causes Slice
A bad alignment can cause slice. For a good golf swing, the body, the feet, the hips and the shoulders should be parallel to the target-line. If you are mis-aligned, then it can cause a push slice or a pull slice.
Ball position too far forward causes Slice
Bad ball position can cause slice. Especially with a driver, many amateurs and high-handicappers play the ball too far forward in their stance. This can feel powerful but can cause bad slice on your golf shot. This forward ball position causes the shoulders to be open to the target-line. This leads to an outside-to-inside golf swing and a slice.
Swing path with too active upper-body causes slice
Incorrect swing path can causes slice. While swinging, if your first move during the downswing is with the arms and shoulders, then you will cast the club away to an outside-to-inside swing path, from the target-line. Your upper body is too active in this case, which causes the slice.
Shaft stiffness that's not ideal cause Slice
The stiffness of the shaft can cause slice in many players. If a golfer with higher swing speed, use a softer shaft, then the club face lags behind, causing the face to be open at impact, resulting in a slice.
Or if a golfer with slower swing speed use a heavier and stiffer shaft, he/she may have a tough time squaring up the club face at impact. This also results in a slice. Tips: Use a shaft that suits your swing speed.
Grip - Fix Driver slicing with correct golf grip
A correct golf grip can help you get your slice under control, as well as improve your golf game overall. So, when we have a new student, we see a lot of mistakes that really come from, having the wrong grip. And let’s talk about the basic wrong grip. What we see most often is, people putting their top hand, which for a right-handed golfer will be the left hand, on the club in an intuitive manner. The back of the hand points parallel to target line. If they’re going to swing the club to get back to the exact same impact position as their set up was, they would have a square club face. The problem is that when they make a really good solid golf shot, they need to have weight on their front side and hands forward. That opens the club face up. So right off the bat we got to have some rotation of our forearms to hit straight shots.
In most beginning golfers, rather than rotating, what they get is the hitting and the scooping motion. If we put most new golfers on video, what we see is a lot of scooping. It doesn’t help when they got a weak grip on the club.
How to grip a driver or iron to stop slicing
The first thing we want to do is, we want to take our top hand or left hand, rotate on top of the club a little bit, we call that a stronger grip. This “v” points back at you right shoulder and you see the three knuckles or at least two and a half of them are visible. If we get weaker grip, then we can see less knuckles. So, we want to be in that nice position to rotation. The right hand or the left for the left-handed golfer, when we put that on, we want to see the “v” pointing up our chin. Another way to say it would be, we want our palm of the hand to match up with the angle of our club face. That helps you with a sense of where the club face is. And the other thing it does is, when you are making a swing, when we want to have a nice on-plane golf swing. We want to be able to hinge the club, so the low end of the club, points down at the target line.
Often times we see the bottom hand, placed way underneath a club. And the trouble with that is, number one, our palm is not matching up with where we want the ball to go. And number two, when we go to make a back swing, it’s really easy to get the club really flat position. And that is going to cause all sorts of swing flaws.
So, in summary, we want the “V” in the left hand or the top hand pointing at our back shoulder. The “V” in our bottom hand, pointing up towards our chin. These are just beginning tips to really help you on your way to a good grip.
Ball position – Cure slicing with correct ball position
We want to help you stop slicing, hit the ball better and have more fun. It is so important to have the ball position in between your feet, in the right place, As you hit the ball, the club moves towards the target, as opposed to going to the left or to the right. So, let’s talk about the ball position.
Most of the fixes are pretty simple. Most slicers have a setup, where they position of the ball is right in front of the lead leg (left leg for right-hander). So, what’s going to happen when you hit that ball, even if you make a good golf swing? It is going to be a slice!
So, what goes on here, when the ball position gets so far forward? Your club is so far forward, by the time your club gets to the ball, the club is already travelling to the left. The club is probably a little bit closed, but the club just go so far to the left. The result is a deadly slice. And then people start making compensations to quit doing it and their instinct is to hit more to the left. This will worsen the slice. So, the ball position is so important.
how to correct slicing with wedges
We are going to talk first about the short club. So, lets grab a sand wedge, a short club. Usually, for short clubs the ball should be at the center of the body and for the long clubs the ball should be up front. So, you strike the ball. At the low point of your swing, the club face should point at the target. You need to hit the ball a little bit on the way down. But if you play the ball way back in your stance, you are going to catch that ball coming in way, still from the inside, it’s going to be a low draw or hook. So, for the shortest clubs what we recommend is getting the club itself in the middle of your stance and so the ball is going to be just a little bit forward of center. That way you are able strike the ball, hit the turf and make a pretty good shot.
how to correct slicing with irons
As the club’s get longer. It will be farther away from you, we are moving the ball forward a little bit from center. What happens is the club gets longer, the low point of the swing starts to move farther and farther forward. So, longer irons, the ball should be slightly more forward from the center.
how to correct slicing when driving off tee
Well let’s look at the driver now. So how far forward should you play the driver? The driver should be played, in line with the logo of your shirt! You want to hit up on the ball little bit. We will move the ball further forward. That’s probably a pretty good ball position for you. If you play it too far forward of your stance, you will probably be going to catch the ball, as it’s coming too much to the left. It’s going to be a slice. It is too far back in your stance. The ball is more likely to start out to the right. It’s going to be a push draw. You can try testing it and see how the ball reacts to different ball positions.
The ball position for the shortest clubs should be the center of the body, middle clubs slightly forward of center and finally for the driver it’s going to be in-line with the logo of your shirt. You can practice a little bit with the clubs to nail the ball position, so you avoid the slice. Once your club faces is square to the target, your arc is pretty much on the right path, your alignment is good, then the ball position is going to be the final key. The ball position may need a little bit of fine tuning.
Alignment – fix slicing with correct alignment
This is probably the most common question that many golfers face, that’s how to fix the slice with their driver. We are going to use good alignment first, to help us stop slicing.
Just about everybody got an alignment problem. For example, you will see somebody line up their body. Normally to the right of the target. And actually sub-consciously they realize they are lined up to the right, and end up, kind of forcing themselves to make a swaying with the club, kind of cuts across the target line, out-to-in swing path. Especially with the driver, this causes the players to hit a big slice.
We will start with a wedge, to test the alignment, because it’s going to be a lot easier to hit shots with it. We are going to use good alignment. Once you can hit consistent shots with your wedge, then you can move to longer clubs.
Use alignment sticks to cure slicing
While practising, we can use alignment sticks to stop slicing. First of all, we get 2 alignment sticks. We will use one for the target-line. The second stick represents our foot-line. The second stick will be parallel to the first target-line. You should get your feet parallel to the target-line. The sticks help you out here. Now when you set up with your wedge, and to the target, you can feel how it is properly aligned. And then you will be comfortable at hitting shots. You can observe the divot after you take a shot, which also point at the target-line. Divots will be right in line with the target stick. You should definitely use alignment sticks, to really help you with your alignment, to stop slicing.
Swing path - Stop slicing with correct swing path
Now lets look in to the swing path, to fix slicing. This is a physical motion during the swing, that we are going to change. It’s actually the only thing we talked about, that’s in the golf swing. Every other tips happens, before we ever get started with the swing. It’s really common to have an out-to-in swing path, for beginners and high-handicappers.
As beginners swing, they turn back, the first thing that starts their downswing is their hands and shoulders. The club comes from outside the target line, across, out-to-in and the result is a slice. So, here is the first we want you to try. Take your set up. Notice how in our backswing, your back is turned to the target. You are going to keep your back at the turn to the target, as we start our down swing. See how your clubs comes from the inside of the target line and you swing in-to-out. Believe it or not, in order for you to really get this game under control, you are going to swing the club in the direction that you do not want the ball to go in. So, when we look down the golf ball, the back of the ball is 3 o’clock. We do not want to make contact at 3 o’clock, we going to make contact more at 4 o’clock from the inside, swinging out a little bit. Let’s give that a try. Keep that back turn the target and hit that ball at about 4 o’clock. So, keep your back turned a target, so you can come from the inside, start the ball to the right and draw it back to the left.
Practice drills # 1 - Slicing cure for Golf driver
Let’s look in to practice drills that can cure slicing. We got one more drill to help you with your swing path. And so, it’s really helpful sometimes to use an obstacle to help us encourage to swing the club the way we want to swing. So, let’s take a head cover and put it outside the ball. So, what we will do is, we want to make sure this club comes from the inside of the target line and not from the outside. We do want to make a nice smooth take away. We actually try to keep the club coming back kind of slow and low to the ground. Then comes inside the target line. Ideally the low end of the club, will point right about on our target-line or little bit inside. And then from there what we want to do is make a nice and easy swing. And try to miss that head cover. Swing from the inside of that ball, again coming from 4 o clock.
Nice and easy swing is needed and not try to kill the ball. These drills help you with the path, keep that back turned to the target longer. The head cover outside your target line to get the club coming more from the inside. So, the four things they want to work on to stop slicing. Grip, ball position, alignment and swing path.
Correct path to fix a slicing
We talked about how to keep your club square relative to the arc you are swinging on. And once you do that, once you get that clubface square, you are going to start hitting draws. So, now we are going to talk about a couple things you can do, to help you get your path on track, to hit the ball straighter.
Practice drills # 2 - Slicing fix for Golf driver
If you have slice ingrained, the number one drill is to take your lead hand, your left hand and put it right across your right biceps, hold it, try to make a swing with your right hand. Your arm close to your side and that helps encourages a turn. You are going to turn and want to feel your lower body and wind a little bit. You take a swing and turn through. We can also do the lead hand same thing. Once you get the feel for just swinging the stick looking at that blur, hopefully, we get a feel for that it really feels like. After swinging the club with just right hand and then just left hand, to get a feel of the in-out-in path, try to hit a ball or two.
Q&A Stop golf Slicing
What is a slice in golf?
Slicing in golf happens, when the ball moves extremely in flight, from left to right (for a right-handed golfer). For a left-handed golfer the ball curves from right to left. The slice is mainly a result of a mis-hit, but can be also played intentionally. A slice is the opposite of a “hook” golf shot. Slice goes right and the hook curves left.
Why is slice is called a “banana ball” in golf?
It’s called a banana ball, because of the shape of the ball, as you hit it. The ball is curved like a banana.
What is pull slice and push slice of a golf ball?
A pull slice is caused by aiming your body left of target while pointing the clubface to the right. This causes the ball to start in line but curve further away to the right. A push slice is when you are aligned to the right, with an open club face. The ball will start at to the right and it curves further to the right
What are hook, draw, fade and slice?
- Hook: When the golf ball curves extremely to the left.
- Draw: When the golf ball curves moderately to the left.
- Fade: When the golf ball curves moderately to the right.
- Slice: When the golf ball curves extremely to the right.
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