Golfers may hit a slice for several reasons, and understanding the common causes can help address this issue. A slice occurs when the ball curves in flight from left to right for right-handed golfers (opposite for left-handed golfers). One common reason for slicing is an open clubface at impact. If the clubface is not square to the target line but slightly open, it imparts sidespin on the ball, resulting in a slice. Additionally, an out-to-in swing path can contribute to a slice. When the club approaches the ball from an outside-to-inside path, it encourages a glancing blow on the ball, promoting sidespin and a slicing shot.
Another factor leading to a slice is an improper grip. A weak grip, where the hands rotate too far to the left (for right-handed golfers), tends to leave the clubface open at impact. This can exacerbate the slicing effect. Poor body alignment and stance can also contribute to a slice. If a golfer's shoulders, hips, or feet are aimed to the left of the target (for right-handed golfers), it promotes an out-to-in swing path, further accentuating the slice.
To address a slice, golfers can focus on a few key adjustments. Firstly, ensuring a square clubface at impact by consciously checking and correcting its position is crucial. Experimenting with grip adjustments to find a more neutral or stronger grip can also help minimize slicing tendencies. Additionally, working on swing path corrections, such as initiating the downswing from the inside and focusing on an inside-to-square-to-inside swing path, can reduce slices. Finally, maintaining proper body alignment and stance, aiming square to the target line, can also aid in avoiding slicing shots.