You may be asking yourself why your drive goes right every other hit. The slice is a common issue that many golfers face, and it can be frustrating when it consistently affects your shots. Here are some potential reasons why you might be slicing the golf ball:
- Open Clubface at Impact: One of the most common causes of a slice is an open clubface at the moment of impact. If the clubface is not square to the target line, it can impart sidespin on the ball, causing it to curve to the right (for right-handed golfers) or to the left (for left-handed golfers).
- Out-to-In Swing Path: Another common culprit is an out-to-in swing path, where the club approaches the ball from outside the target line and then cuts across it during the downswing. This type of swing path promotes sidespin and exacerbates the slice.
- Grip Issues: Your grip plays a crucial role in controlling the clubface throughout the swing. If your grip is too weak (hands turned too much to the left for right-handed golfers), it can lead to an open clubface at impact. Similarly, if your grip is too strong (hands turned too much to the right for right-handed golfers), it can encourage a closed clubface at impact, which may also cause a slice.
- Swing Plane Problems: A steep or over-the-top swing plane can contribute to a slice. When the club approaches the ball on a steep angle, it’s more likely to cut across the target line, leading to a slice.
- Weight Distribution and Body Alignment: Proper weight distribution and body alignment are essential for a consistent golf swing. If your weight is too much on your back foot during the downswing or if your body is aligned too far to the left (for right-handed golfers), it can promote an out-to-in swing path and a slice.
- Lack of Release: Failing to release the club properly through impact can also result in a slice. The release refers to the rotation of the clubface through the hitting zone, which helps square the face at impact. If you hold onto the club too tightly or if your wrists are too stiff, it can inhibit the release and lead to a slice.
To fix a slice, it’s essential to identify the root cause(s) of the issue and work on making adjustments to your setup, grip, swing path, and release. Working with a qualified golf instructor or coach can provide personalized feedback and drills to help you correct your slice and improve your overall ball-striking consistency. Additionally, practicing regularly and being patient with yourself as you make changes to your swing mechanics will ultimately lead to better results on the course.
Improvement at Millsite Golf Course
Central Utah golfers looking for a golf instructor. Start your golf improvement journey with Kasey Edgehouse, Head Golf Professional and General Manager, of Millsite Golf Course. Even if it’s snowing and the course is closed, the indoor facility will allow you to keep practice going all year. Call 435-384-2887 to learn more about booking lessons at Millsite Golf Course.