TeeBox TIPS: Cut the slice from your game


 

Many golfers slice the ball – but either eliminating or minimizing a slice will improve enjoyment of the game and lead to lower scores. A slice is defined as a ball that starts left of the target (right-handed golfers) and curves back to the right. The cause of a slice has two components: an out-to-in club path combined with an open clubface at impact. These two factors contribute to a shot with very little power because the clubface is open relative to the club’s swing path.

So, what should you do if you slice? Let’s begin by assessing address and set-up positions. First, assess your grip by how your hands are placed on it. You want to make sure you are holding the grip in the fingers of both hands and not in the palms. Holding the grip in your fingers gives you an awareness of the clubface position throughout your swing but especially on the impact and follow-through segments of the swing.

Second, check to see that your hands are in a strong position on the grip. When you hold the club, a V shape is formed between your index fingers and thumbs of both hands. Make sure that both V’s point towards your right shoulder. This will place the left hand more on top of the grip while the right hand will feel more underneath the grip. This hand position is useful in the down-swing as you release the club squaring the clubface at and through impact.

Mark Moffatt is director of instruction at Shadow Wood Country Club. He can be reached at moffatt@swspotlight.com

Mark Moffatt is director of instruction at Shadow Wood Country Club. He can be reached at moffatt@swspotlight.com

Once your hands are placed properly to promote a square clubface at impact, next look to the alignment of your shoulders and the ball position. Right-handed golfers should point your shoulders to the right of your target or to right field (as in baseball). This will feel awkward if you have played with your shoulders pointed or aimed left of your target. But pointing shoulders to the right will help you create enough turn or pivot in the backswing and help you swing down from inside the target line.

Also, realize that an excessively forward ball position can promote an out-to-in club path that can lead to slicing. Check your ball position and make sure it is not too forward in your stance.