ALL amateur players have sliced a golf shot at one time or another, whether or not they will admit it. In fact, the slice is reputedly the most common miss among amateur golfers.
This shot costs you distance and control, but more alarmingly many folks do not know why they are doing it. Do not despair though.
There is one or two drills that should help eliminate your slice.
These tips are designed to get you to hit the ball straighter and with a more powerful flight the next time you are out on the course.
Make a full turn
Full rotation in your backswing allows for you to load your right side (for right-handers) with power. Imagine your club-head having to break through a pane of glass at the top of your backswing.
Club further behind
Often those who slice the ball have their weight too much on their toes, making for a swing that is much too steep. To flatten out that swing plane, place a ball under your back foot in practice – it encourages you to move the club further behind you in the backswing.
If there is a big gap between your arms and body in the takeaway, you can expect a steep angle of attack coming from the outside back in to the ball causing you to cut across it. Remember to keep your arms close to your body during the takeaway.
Right foot out
Favouring your lead side during the backswing will cause a reverse pivot – and another slice. It should be the opposite. Turning your back foot out will make it easier to load your right side (right-handers).