Slicing: What it Does to Your Golf Game and How to Avoid It

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Slicing in golf can be one of the most dreaded things that can happen when taking your shots, sending your ball flying off at an odd angle from your club upon impact. This phenomenon has been known to have detrimental effects on your game of golf, but what exactly can it do to your performance on the course and how can you avoid it?

In this article we will be taking a closer look at slicing, what it can do to your game, and how you can go about eliminating it as an issue using one of out many tips and techniques. If you are ready to quit slicing and want to improve your on-course performance, then you have come to the right place.


What can slicing do to my game?

Chances are you already know the answer to this if you are here; Slicing can cause your shots to fly off in a direction other than your intended target when you make impact with the ball. As a result of this not only is your shot terribly inaccurate, but the ball has traveled probably further away from the hole and you've added an extra stroke to your score.

While doing it once in awhile is bad enough, slicing the ball consistently during a round of golf can lead to a much higher score and the raising of your handicap. It is because of all these negative effects on your golf game that you will want to do your best to eliminate this problem for good, and the following tips are sure to help you with this

How to Avoid Slicing

Get the Right Gear

Before you start using any other method for eliminating slicing from your game, you will want to make sure that the clubs you are using are up to the task. Make sure that your golf clubs are in good shape and that they are free of damage as well as wear-and-tare. This is because, if the club you are using is in rough shape, it can cause you to make improper contact with the ball and send it flying in the wrong direction.

Keep the Grip Light

Grab your club with your fingers in a manner that is flexible and not overly tight, with a "v" shape being formed between your forefinger and thumb. Do not grip the club with your palms or hold your club too tightly, as this will limit your clubs motion, which is more likely to cause slicing.

Body Language

As you prepare to take your swing, keep your wrist locked and try to limit their movement. You will want to hit the ball using mostly your arms and clubs, and having your wrist to loose can cause too much movement in the club as you swing.

Keep the muscles in your forearms loose as well to avoid putting too much pressure down on the ball during impact. Lean your head down towards the ball as well. This allows you to keep an eye on the ball to ensure that you are able to make proper contact with the ball.

Line it All Up

Every swing you make in golf should be done using an invisible "target line" This line is used to make sure that your club is following a correct trajectory to make an effective impact with the ball. The same is true in this case as well, as following this target line, which sees the club come up at a 45-degree angle from the ball, will ensure that you don't slice on impact.

To help keep things in line, make sure that you have your golf ball placed properly. The correct placement of your ball should be at club's length when holding the club and not too far back. Having the ball placed too far back can cause you to make impact with the toe of the club, which will cause slicing.

The Hips

Before taking your shot, it is important to know that you should not move your hips too much throughout the swing, only moving them to face towards your target during follow-through. Turning too much during your swing can lead to your shot to have a loss of power, inaccuracy, and even slicing.

Take the Shot

As you come up with your backswing, the shoulder on your less-dominant arm should start pulling away and you should also have about 80% of your body weight being put onto your back foot. As you come down, maintain your tempo and stay along the target line without slowing down or speeding up your shot. Altering your shot speed and changing tempo in any way during your shot can cause the much-dreaded slice of your ball.

While you are coming down, start transferring your weight onto the heel of the forward foot, keeping your elbows close to your hips. As you make impact and come up with your swing, your hips should be pointed towards the target and you should have at least 60% of your weight transferred to your front foot. Doing this will guarantee that your shot has the power to fly as far as you need it to go

perfect shot


If you are new to the game of golf, you will likely need to implement the above tips into your golf game. I know for myself I sliced like I was working at a pizzeria when I first started playing, but following these techniques helped me eliminate my slicing problem almost completely. I hope these tricks do the same for you, and that you will soon see a huge improvement when you are out on the course!

Denny Putsh
Denny Putsh

I’m a golf enthusiast just like you and have been playing the game since I was 12 years old. Although I love watching the PGA Tour and following my favorite stars on tour I’m also fascinated by all of the unique and innovative products that are associated with the game I love. It's my greatest joy to share my fascination with golf gadgets, equipment, training aids, and golf accessories with fellow golf lovers on all levels.


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