WHAT IS A SLICE?
Well, if you've clicked on this page then you probably know only too painfully what a slice is. At best it's a weak shot that seems to start straight but bends annoyingly off target at the end of it's flight (and spins further away on landing) and at worst ii's a ball that starts offline and bends further offline never to be seen again!
So what causes it? If you're a left handed player then please reverse these instructions and definitions.
So, a slice is a shot that misses to the right but starts left of the target or sometimes straight at the target. It is however caused by the club travelling to the left of your target line through impact, so the problem is often that the more your ball misses to the right the more you try to swing to the left which, either makes it slice more, or worse still ends up going way left (a pull). This swing path is known as 'out-to-in' but can also be 'in-to-in'.
So how can the same swing produce a ball flight that can miss both left and right by such a huge amount? The answer is in the angle of the clubface at impact. If the angle of your clubface is to the right of your swing direction through impact (open) then a slice or a push slice will occur. If your clubface points in the same direction as your swing path or to the left (closed) then a pull or a pull-hook will result. Please note; if your ball misses left but starts straight at, or left of your target, you are NOT 'hooking' the ball (even if it bends further left), this is a pull or a pull-hook.
Understanding these principles is the first step towards curing your slice ...... and/or what you may previously have called a hook ....... it is impossible to be a slicer and a hooker with the same swing path!. You will more than likely be a slicer with your long clubs (driver, fairway wood, hybrids, #4 iron etc.) but often pull the ball left with your mid to short irons - leaving you puzzled at how a swing that feels the same can miss both left and right with different clubs.
So what are you doing that causes this to happen? We know you're swinging to the left through impact but how is your body making this happen. Well there of course many reasons for this, but by far the most common are these: -
These are the two primary causes of the slice but how are we going to fix them?
Practice drills/fixes. These apply to both of the above faults:
NB: If you are playing right handed but are naturally left handed (or vice versa) then you have a different set of issues and drills 3 and 4 may not work for you.
Have some coaching!
We hope these descriptions and tips will help you understand your swing a little better, but the only way you can be sure of exactly what your faults are ..... and therefore that you're trying to fix the right thing, is by having a lesson or regular coaching from your local qualified golf professional. Do not take advice from your friends, family or 'mates' as it is nearly always counter-productive however well-meaning the advice is.
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At 10.30am on Monday mornings we run a learn to play/improve your golf session for ladies' only. This one and a half hour session is open to all lady golfers and includes all your range balls, time on the course as appropriate and a tea or coffee on arrival. The cost is just £10 per session or you can pay £50 in advance and get 6 sessions for the price of 5.