If you are a member of the slicers club I’m sure you have heard all of the one-liners to fix your golf swing.
Don’t aim left, perfect ball position, pay attention to your divots, fix your grip, elbow tucked, transfer your weight and don’t forget that release!
This information is relevant and accurate but to eliminate a slice you need to know how to implement these slice fixes.
At the end of this tutorial, you will know how to fix a slice with a golf driver.
How to fix a slice is not that difficult, it just takes some time and dedication to ensure you have all the essential elements of your swing working effectively.
Slices are just flat out annoying…
As a young golfer, I would slice the ball frequently and it used to infuriate me.
I would swing a bit harder, try harder, close the clubface, aim way left and many other things to try and fix a slice.
It took away all of my confidence off the tee and was greatly affecting my scores. The thing is, nothing I tried worked. It just made me more frustrated.
I started hitting a 3 wood off the tee and it cost me distance and strokes on my game.
When I finally committed to fixing the slice, it didn’t take long.
All I needed was the correct information, some drills and a bit of time on the range.
Fixing a slice is freeing.
You can stand on the tee box with confidence and know you have a shot at making a par.
You can do this! Welcome to the left side of the golf course!
What do you need for this Tutorial?
Step 1: Having the Proper Equipment
Sometimes a slice is not your fault! Wouldn’t that be great if that was the case for everyone?
Golf is hard enough as it is.
It would be amazing if you could just set a club to the correct launch and lie and loft and your slice is gone.
Unfortunately, it’s just not always that simple but it is certainly worth reasearching your equipment to make sure it’s going to work with your swing.
Here are a few important things to keep in mind when selecting the correct equipment.
Check out our in depth guide on finding the best driver for a slice.
Step 2: The Grip
The grip can be a tricky thing. It’s easy to constantly fidget with the grip but you need to work on the fundamentals of your grip to give yourself a chance to square up the clubface.
The grip is not nearly as fun to practice as bombing 200+ yard drives but it’s extremely important.
Neglecting the fundamentals in this game will make it much more difficult and a lot less fun.
Step 3: Stance/Setup
Ask any expert in PGA Instruction and they will tell you that pros will constantly check their setup, especially before starting their backswing.
Step 3: Swing Path
Most people slice when their path becomes more outside-in than inside out. This can be difficult to understand and explain without a great drill to help.
Not only is the ball flight of a slice difficult because it will likely leave you in the rough or worse, but it also is a very weak shot, costing lots of distance.
One of the best drills for making sure that your swing is on the correct path is the towel under the arm drill.
If you are someone that continually struggles with a slice, start your warmup with this every time you go to the range.
You will notice your backswing gets stronger, you set yourself up for a great shot regardless of the club in your hand and your body will eventually learn to repeat this.
Keep hitting this way with irons, hybrids, drivers, etc and it will teach you the proper swing path.
Place a towel under your right arm in the armpit area on your backswing (If you are a right-handed golfer)
- As you swing back, keep the towel in place
- If you need to take a ¾ length swing that is fine.
- As you transition from the backswing to the downswing, keep the towel in place.
- If the towels falls out your arms got too far removed from your body and were on an outside-in swing path.
Step 4: Club Face
A mistake that a lot of slicers make is they slow down their golf swing to hit a proper shot.
In all the years I’ve played this game, every single time I try and slow it down I hit a terrible shot.
Now, I’ve had to work on tempo to make sure things are more steady and solid but never do I slow things down.
You need clubhead speed and momentum to properly release, it is very difficult to stop a slice by slowing everything down.
Instead, work on the release until your body becomes stronger and more efficient at releasing the club.
Some tips to make sure the club face returns to square at impact . . .
Step 5: Seeing is Believing
Seeing your own golf swing can be helpful, scary and empowering all at the same time.
Have a friend or a professional golf instructor take a video of your swing.
Make sure to get a head on and down the line view.
Watch your video on slow motion and then try and compare to some slow motion videos of professionals.
Some questions to ask (to find the cause of your slice):
- Does my Setup look the same?
- Does my right arm stay close to my body or move away?
- Does the club come into impact from the inside or outside?
- Does the clubface look open at impact?
Thanks for reading our tutorial on how to fix a slice with your Golf Drivers.
Do you think this will help your slice?
Which issue do you think causes your slice the most in your swing?
After so many years of experience teaching this game and seeing the slice I honestly believe it is something that keeps people away from the game.
That is not what golf needs, and it can be prevented. If your experience with a slice is that it’s just not worth trying to correct, you are wrong.
Taking Aim in the left woods and hoping for the best is not the way to golf for the rest of your life.
With the proper setup, the correct left-hand position, staying connected on the backswing and downswing and a square clubface anything is possible.
It may take some time, as we all know, golf is not a game that can be learned overnight but it will be worth it.
There is nothing quite like watching a right to left ball flight after years of slicing.
Let us know if our tutorial helped you to start to see the left side of the golf course again!