Correcting your ‘slice’

In the previous issue of The Club House, we spoke about the effect that a bad positioning and bad posture can have on our swing. This time we will talk about the  grip. What is clear is that there are positions and movements that we make with our bodies during the swing that can lead to the club moving towards the left or the face of the club being open.

If you still do not understand why all your balls curve towards the right (slice), the answer is clear: your grip is to blame.

Independent of the type of grip you have (overlapping/vardon, interlocking or ten finger), the position of one of the hands will directly influence how the face of the club comes into contact with the ball.

If you are a slicer, your ball curves in flight, starting  left of the target line and then bending dramatically back to the right of the target. You should know that you are hitting the ball with the face in an open position and, because of this, the direction in which you try to move the club in the downswing is towards the left of the target, hence further accentuating the slice effect on the ball.

So, check your grip, identify if one or both of your hands is in a weak position and strengthen it.  It may be uncomfortable at first but you will quickly see the effect it has. If the ball starts to head directly towards the left of your target, without varying, this is a sign that the face of your golf club is more in line on impact. In this case you have to make sure your stance is square towards the target and move the club more towards the right. You will see that little by little the slice effect will begin to disappear.

I hope that this advice will be useful to you and that it allows you to identify and correct this fault. See you next time.


Mario Rapado
Sporting technician for the Balearic Golf Federation