Cure my slice

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By Alex

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  1. Hi I really need tips on how to stop slicing the golf ball. I want to hit the fairway I'm aiming for.


  2. Zangetsu


    One problem is it can have multiple issues.
    For me it is the clubhead not overtaking when swinging full speed. Go check with a coach to check out what causes it so you can fix it.

    Good luck!
  3. Thankyou I definitely think a lesson or two will be the way to go. Just thought someone would have some quick tips that I could try now.
  4. Speedy

    Newmarket, NH

    I had this problem a few weeks ago and went nuts on this. There are A LOT of things that can factor into this. my advice is to do some research online, you'll see different approach. It could be your setup (stance), your grip, club face not squaring at impact and the list goes on. Either watch those videos or see a PGA Professional that can assist you. I'm sure within a 1/2 hour they'll be able to see what's going on and how to address it.

    If it was me, i would get the lesson and go from there. It can only help.
  5. Darron K

    Darron K
    Fate, TX

    There are no quick tips! Especially harder to guess what the issue is aside from contact. A lesson would be the best advice!
  6. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    First 10+ years i played (self taught) all i could hit was a weak slice. Got with a pro and rebuilt my swing. Now i fight the duck hook... always something to challenge us in this crazy game. Biggest change for me was going from a weak grip that encouraged a high right shoulder to a strong grip and more shoulder tilt. Really concentrated on coming into the ball from the inside. Best of luck to you and glad to hear you plan on getting some professional help. Second eyes are a must. Couldn't believe what i saw after being recorded on video. What you feel and what you do are not always the same.
  7. Thanks guy really appreciate the advice. Definitely going to see out a local pro round my way.

  8. As others have said, there are several contributing factors, but for me if you think of the top of the handle as a clock, I found turning my top hand thumb from 12 o'clock (straight down shaft) to 2 o'clock (i.e., stronger grip) was the biggest helper in eliminating the banana ball.

    I'm sure some have differing opinions of the guy, but I watched Rick Shiel's Youtube series on how to cure a slice and it's been a huge help - last year and this year. ;-)

    Good luck!
  9. Elson C

    Elson C

    If there was a magic pill for that, there are many things that can be wrong from set up to how you grip and even the club it self
    Per personal experience, I needed to get a stiff shaft on my driver in order to reduce the slice, and I mean a lot, I used to have a huge banana to the right every time, went to the monitor and realize that my shaft was too "soft" for my swing, I got a stiff shaft put on it and have reduced my slices by 80%, didnt cure at all, I still work on my mechanics.
    I actually have picked up a reliable slight fade on my swing that helps a lot, even the slices are not as terrible as they used to be.
    One thing I notices is that with a new shaft my club-head set up has changed too, I started with a massive super closed face, which lead to some bad blocks straight left, and slowly changed, now my club head is set up to a normal "flat" set up.
    which it will stay for the time being.
    As suggested before, get an instructor to take work with you and see the points you need to touch.
    Also try to get in front of a trackman to see if your driver is set up the best for you.
    Best of luck
  10. Gabriel G

    Gabriel G
    Cedar Park, TX

    I had a slice for years... kept trying and trying. Finally went to a PGA Pro and told him I wanted to fix my slice. I was a change to my swing.. more inside and a couple of other things. We are all different with different types of swings. Took about two lessons and now I don't slice. I have a little fade that he told me I could play with that. Even my playing partners like my ball flight. It has been very consistent. Very proud of it.
  11. If you slice the club face is open to the path it is swung on. Your path needs to come more from the inside. I hit a slice for a few years and just this year have straightened out the ball flight.

  12. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    You are doing the right thing by going to see a pro. Taking advice without someone seeing your setup and swing is asking for even more trouble. Good luck. It is amazing what these teaching pros can accomplish. I play with one at least one day a week and we are constantly working on my game. He is like my guardian angel.
  13. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Chuck Z said:

    You are doing the right thing by going to see a pro. Taking advice without someone seeing your setup and swing is asking for even more trouble. Good luck. It is amazing what these teaching pros can accomplish. I play with one at least one day a week and we are constantly working on my game. He is like my guardian angel.

    I normally hit my ball rather straight, but now the am working on what you are wanting to get rid of. I am working on hitting a controlled soft high cut shot of the tee. Something that has not been in my arsenal. Now I can hit all three shots efficiently. I normally go with my 15* fairway for the controlled draw. Tempo is the key.
  14. Jerry M

    Jerry M
    Dallas, TX

    A good teaching professional can spot your flaws in a minute. You won't regret it.
  15. Jerome C

    Jerome C
    London Ontario Canada

    Has an lefty I have continue to push the ball of the driver to the left or I play right to center
    Which drives me nuts and the fact that I loose distance as well.
    I did get advice from an pro and with in mins he corrected what was going on .
    For me I’m pulling my right arm inside to quick coming down to impact which leaves the face open which causes a lot of spin to the left.
    Got to find an good swing coach to help me
    Any suggestions I’ll will take.thanks TT
  16. Jerry M

    Jerry M
    Dallas, TX

    Also have your swing recorded. It never looks the way you think it does.

    Dale is correct "What you feel and what you do are not always the same.
  17. pulplvr

    Spring, TX

    I can tell you what the pro told me over 50 years ago to stop the banana ball I tended to have off the tee. Tee the ball up in your normal position. Now step back (away) from the ball and then to the right, at least the distance covered by your driver's head. This will make you swing out to reach the ball, giving you a good chance to end that slice. I did this and played a baby draw with all of my clubs for 50 years. If you can do this and you still slice, then you have more issues than can be "fixed" by a simple change.
  18. Jerome C

    Jerome C
    London Ontario Canada

    Thanks Pulplvr
    I will definitely try this
  19. See that is the exact thing that happens to me as well, when I first started I sliced really bad and now with time and more proper form while hitting it has straightened out a good bit, for me it is starting to come with time.
  20. Why "cure" a slice? It's a usable flight path (doglegs)! Spend some time on the range and find out why/how you are hitting the slice and use it to your advantage. Document your results, carry in your golf bag, and refer back to your "cards" as a reminder of how you personally hit the slice (or fade, or straight, or draw, or hook, low, high, etc.)

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  21. Gabriel G

    Gabriel G
    Cedar Park, TX

    I tell you why, my slice was costing me distance. About forty yards. When I straighten out my slice I was much further down the fairway. A slice is different than a fade, which you can live with on the course.
  22. "Curing" a flight path leads to the inference that one does not want nor understand why a flight path is created. To eliminate a flight path or trajectory limits the tools one has available. In the picture below, the right side is OB and protected by tall eucalyptus trees on a hill. The left side at the turn, about 200 yards out, is lined with ankle deep rough and protected by smaller trees. A straight ball flight and even a fade ends up through the fairway and into the rough. A fade along the right side of the fairway brings a large bunker, the eucalyptus, and OB into play. A slice (30 yards left to right) allows the ball to follow the path of this particular hole and ends up in the short grass with a clear approach to the green. Again, once you understand how you personally hit any shot, you can use that to your advantage. Lessons are great, they teach principles and help correct flaws you cannot correct on your own. Just remember-one size does not fit all. There is no right or wrong-do what works for you.
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  23. Close the club head. It’s that simple.
  24. Gabriel G

    Gabriel G
    Cedar Park, TX

    I had a slice for years. FInally I took a lesson from a PGA Professional and in one lesson he told me what I was doing wrong. Different people have different faults. So I practiced what he told me over and over. Now I rarely slice and if I do I know what I did wrong. But practicing that technique over and over fixed it. You have to practice with hundreds of swings before it become second nature. It will hold up when you get nervous. Which is my situation. Nerves and getting flatter with my swing. I tell ya, take a lesson from a PGA Pro.
  25. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    Have a golf pro analyze your swing.

    The biggest fault of golf swings is coming "over the top" (outside to in). If the clubface points at the target, it is left to right slice. If it points on the swing path it is a pull or even a snap hook.

    The hands being way too far ahead of the clubface also cause it to open.

    Some pros say "swing to right field" (inside to out) for a righty. With a slightly closed clubface you get a draw.

    I've had an inherent fade with the 3 wood and driver. I have the setting at A3 or D3. 17-21 fairways and hybrids are set at standard loft).
  26. Aside from getting a lesson from a golf professional, here's a swing thought that might help;Roger K. made mention of picturing the top of the grip as a clock, and rotating the right thumb to a stronger (2 o'clock) position, which is a great idea. I like to use the visual image of a clock as a swing thought, as opposed to a grip thought.When you're at the range, imagine a clock right in front of you.Slicers cut across the ball, and swing to 11:00.Try to swing through to 1:00. You'll have more extension naturally, and more than likely will reduce cutting across the ball.

    Hope this was helpful.
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