Improve golf swing technique

If you slice the ball, The Swing Boss can help you fix your swing.

A slice is a type of shot in which the ball curves in the shape of a banana – starting out to the left of the target and then bending dramatically back to the right of the target (for a right-handed golfer; reverse for left-handed golfers). A slice is rarely played intentionally, and is the most common mis-hit of amateur golfers, caused by either hitting the ball with an open club face, or by moving your lower body quicker than your upper body thereby making it so your club face is open on impact.

For most slicers, there are four main adjustments required to improve your golf swing:

Grip

For most golfers the simplest way to fix a slice is to make a grip adjustment. Most “slicers” have a “weak grip” – a grip that is turned more counter-clockwise (the opposite for lefties), which causes the club face to open at impact.

Turn your grip slightly clockwise around the shaft so that when you are looking down at your hands you should be able to see two and a half to three knuckles on your left hand. This is called a “stronger grip” and it allows your wrists to release better through impact, and making it easier to hit the ball with a square club face. It is also very important to grip the club as lightly as possible as too much tension in the wrists can prevent a good release.

Swing plane

The causes of cutting across the ball are many and varied, but for most slicers the problem comes about from bringing the club too far to the inside on the backswing. If this happens, the club gets stuck behind the right hip (for right-handed golfers) on the downswing, resulting in an “over the top” shot where the club head cuts across the ball. Clearly the best way to fix this is by developing a much wider backswing.

Another cause of the “over-the-top shot” comes when your eyes and head are locked on the ball and the target line as you swing to the top. This causes you to swing directly down the target line from the top rather than from the inside, but to get it there you have to throw the club over your right shoulder.

The solution? Turn your head slightly to the right after you reach the top of your swing. This will put your eyes on the correct “inside-to-out” swing path, rather than directly on the target line. From this position, you are much less likely to cut across the ball through impact.

Release

Many slicers simply don’t release correctly. You should make sure that as the club travels past the body, the forearms cross over and rub against each other. For this action to work properly, the club must have somewhere to go, so it is important that the left elbow tucks into your body to prevent what is known as a “chicken wing”.

Finish

Many golfers leave their clubface open because they simply don’t get through the shot properly. A finish where your shoulders have completely rotated and you maintain your balance gives the club head a much better chance of squaring up at impact. One of the best ways to fix a slice is to work on nothing else but your finish – chances are if you get to a good finish you have almost certainly hit a good square shot!

We have developed The Swing Boss as a very effective golf swing training tool to fix a slice. The Swing Boss records the angle of the club face at impact and allows you to establish and consistently repeat good swing habits. Initially when you change your grip or try to develop a more “in-or-out” swing path, or make any of the other swing changes required to correct a slice, you may find it very awkward. However, with enough repetition the good habits described by us here will become part of your swing and you will soon get to a point where you won’t have any swing thoughts when you are standing over the ball on the course. Grooving-in good swing habits with The Swing Boss is a lot of fun!