Leftee Golf Swing Lab: The Slice

What is a golf slice?

  • A golf slice is when the ball rotates dramatically right to left
  • A slice normally occurs when the clubface hits the golf ball in an open position that causes a counter-clockwise spin

Where are slices born?

  • Weak Grip
    • Thumbs pointed straight down/towards the target
  • Rotating the club open on the backswing
  • Swing that is inward to out in trajectory
  • Parallax: eyes being to the side of the ball at address (not behind)
    • Parallax makes slicers try to pull the ball to hit their target. But the more you swing right, the more likely the clubface will be open to that path at impact, which causes a slice.

Keys to prevent slicing

    • The Grip: Strong Grip.... Soft Hands
      • Strong Grip:
        • Right hand: Grip club to see two or three knuckles when they look down at address
        • Left hand: Down the side of the shaft with the fingers holding the club (not the palm)
        • Palms should be facing each other
        • Base of thumbs should point to left collar of shirt
      • Soft Hands: 
        • Hold the club gently as if you were holding a bottle of toothpaste
    • The Setup:
      • Aim small (pick object 2-5ft in front of you)
      • Stance
        • Ball in line with right heel
        • Shoulder width stance
        • Weight distribution on feet: 50/50
      • Closed shoulders
        • Shoulder slightly tilted to left and left shoulder blade rotated back
    • The Swing
      • Rotate onto left foot
      • Right wrist should be pointed to sky at top of backswing
      • Keep head centered (no bobbing) 
    • Follow through
      • Cross arms (left over right) & rotate golf club around body
        • Clubface should be rotated right & pointed down