Do you find yourself slicing the ball with every stroke? If you keep on hitting only “banana balls”, then it’s time to take the necessary steps to tackle the problem head on. Here are 5 tips that can help you get your golf game back on track. See which one works best for you.
Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. A slice isn’t the end of the world, as annoying as it can be. There are many ways to fix it. Do slow-motion practice swings to help you visualize your swing path. Your goal would be to make sure your path goes right down the target line.
Flex Your Grip
Some golfers use a grip that’s too tight or too light. Try a few different pressure levels and find a grip that works for you. With a firm grip in place, take a neutral position then line your hands up on the club in such a way that you can ‘feel” the club-head.
The club-face should be squared up to the ball upon impact. Anything else will likely cause you to slice the ball. Make it a habit to ensure proper hand placement before each swing, until you can effectively square up without giving it a second thought.
Standing too close to the ball will throw your stance off, causing your swing to be too upright. Taking a step back will help with properly squaring the clubface during impact. Additionally, make it a point to move your shoulders faster than your hips during the swing.
Lower Your Plane
Having a backswing plane that’s too vertical will often result in a downswing that’s “inside-out” which would be a slice. Lower the plane of the takeaway instead, as this will create a more “outside-in” swing.
The target line is your best friend for achieving perfect alignment before each swing. Picture yourself standing alone on one end of a straight line – you want the ball to land on the opposite end of that line. Move into position so that your body is parallel to the target line. Using any or all of these tips will help you in overcoming your golf slice.