The dreaded slice is one of the most troublesome problems for golfers of all ages and experience levels. As experience levels rise you will see it less and less, but it still rears its ugly head from time to time. While a lot of golfers focus on putting more distance on each stroke, hitting the ball straighter and staying out of the ruff will improve your score more dramatically than increasing distance.
Understanding the problem is half the battle when trying to cure any problem and it is no different when talking about the slice. When a golf ball is in the air it will fly on a path in relation to the spin it has on it. When there is more side spin than back spin the ball will slice.
Unfortunately, there are many reasons why the side spin will drown the back spin when the ball is hit. All of them have to do with the club striking the ball, and contrary to popular belief, none of them have anything to do with external factors such as the wind or the lie of the ball. While those may contribute to the severity of the slice, the ball slices only because of the way it is hit.
Let’s look at how hitting the ball in a certain way causes side spin on the golf ball. It really comes down to two possible scenarios. The first and most obvious way is hitting the ball with a sideways motion.
Hitting the ball with a sideways motion is usually caused by pulling the club across the plane of the swing as the club comes into contact with the ball. This is very common among golfers, and can be avoided by making sure you keep the left arm straight throughout your swing and focusing on the correct swing plane. This one tip should dramatically reduce how often you slice, or at least reduce the amount of slice.
The second possible cause is that the face of the club is open when it comes in contact with the golf ball. When this happens the ball rolls off the side of the club instead of shooting off the center. This problem isn’t seen as much as the first problem, but it is more difficult to fix and diagnose. There are several things that can cause this problem such as: setting up for the shot with the face of the club too open, not turning enough, allowing the wrists to break too soon, or turning your hips too early. If you think this is the problem you are having, try closing the face of the club more when you are setting up for the shot. This is just a tip to help you short term, the real solution to this problem is to go see a golf pro so he can determine what the issue is and give you some advice how to correct it.
There is no reason to let a slicing problem ruin your golf game. Reread this article and put the tips into practice and you will be surprised how much of an improvement you will see.
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