How to Correct a Golf Slice

To cure a slice, make sure your feet, hips, and shoulders are parallel to the target line.


There are few things more frustrating in the game of golf than thinking you made a good swing only to watch your ball cut across the fairway and out of sight into the woods. A slice can appear seemingly out of nowhere, and it can happen to anyone. Just remember that a slice can be cured with some good advice and time spent on the driving range.

Check Your Feet

One of the primary causes of a slice is that your feet and shoulders are not in line and square to the target. When you assume your stance, place a golf club on the ground pointed at the target. Your feet should be in line with the golf club, and your shoulders should also be pointing straight at the target as well. If your feet are positioned back from the club on the ground, then you could be in danger of slicing your shot. Work on properly aligning your feet and shoulders, and you can start to cure your slice.

Step Away from the Ball

A golf swing should be in a straight line on target with the pin. Getting too close to the ball on the swing will cause an outside-in result. That happens when a golfer moves the club head outside the swing plane on the backswing, and then brings it inside the swing plane just before contact. In order to make sure you are the proper distance from the ball, extend your arms completely when you address the ball. Flex your knees and keep your back straight as you bring the club down behind the ball. If your arms are extended and your back is straight when the club is behind the ball, you are the proper distance from the ball. Flex your knees to change your stance.

Watch for Contact

Sometimes a slice occurs because of something as simple as the club face making contact with the ball outside the club’s sweet spot (the center of the club face). If you close the club face too much and make bad contact, you will slice. One of the best ways to cure the problem is to make sure you keep your head down and watch the club face make contact with the ball. Good hand-eye coordination can help eliminate a slice.

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  1. I understand that golf is a sport of patience and skill. I am looking to improve my abilities in this activity and am pleased to learn that one should watch for contact when the ball is flying through the air. It would also be a good idea to practice golfing a few times a week and find a course that is local and not too expensive.