How To Stop Slicing Drives
In order to stop slicing the ball, it’s important to first understand the problem and there are two main factors to consider – the path and the face.
If, at impact, the face is open to your path, the plane gets tilted and the ball will naturally curve. How much depends on just how great the disparity is between the two components.
And what this means is that a slice can rear its ugly head even when the club is completely square to your target at impact. In this case, assuming a centre strike, the ball will start more or less where you want it to finish and curve away based on how far out to in your path is.
It’s for this reason that you’ll often see golfers shut the face on their driver at address in a bid to straighten the flight and get the ball to start left so they have at least a chance of hitting the fairway.
This is also the reason why slices and pulls are linked so closely.
Before attempting to fix your slice, it’s important you know what you need to work on. Is it face, path or both?
If your ball is starting at your target and slicing right, you undoubtedly need to work towards a more neutral path. If it starts right and goes even further right, it could be that you just need to work on squaring the face up.
And if your ball is starting left and slicing so much that it still misses on the opposite side, you’ve likely embedded an issue with both.
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Especially with a driver, because the ball position is further forward in your stance, you want to feel like you swing up and to the right to create a more neutral flight, or even a draw.
While you don’t want to get into the habit of ‘flipping it’, whereby the face closes rapidly through the impact area, it’s good to get a feel for the arms extending through the shot and the club releasing.
It’s something Xander Schauffele does brilliantly to hit his consistent right-to-left shape with the driver.
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A good drill to encourage this sort of move is to go to the range and open your driver face at address. From there, try and hone the feeling of the clubhead releasing through the shot to draw the ball back to target. It should create a similar motion to that which you’d use to throw a frisbee.
Keep doing this and don’t worry if you find yourself overdoing it. One of the best ways to find a desirable middle ground is to exaggerate what you do in practice.
The key is to see your shots turning over and understand the feels you need to recreate in order to produce consistently. Do this and you’ll be hitting the ball further and with much more control.