Short and Sweet: Fixing That Slice

In honor of the spring golf season starting for my teammates and me, a few of us took a trip to Dallas to get some rounds in before our first tournament this coming week.

Along the way, we would get asked why we were going by strangers, and it got us to talking about all the responses people give when we say we are college golfers.

Sometimes, they ask us questions about the football team, or the name of the quarterback or if we’ve ever been to Frisco. But more often than not, the typical response is: “I’ve golfed, but I’m not that good. Usually it just goes straight right with my driver.”

This column is to all you slicing Bison. Here are three ways to fix that gnarly slice, from hardest to easiest.

  1. Change your swing. One of the most challenging aspects of golf is to fix your slice. When you slice your driver, the ball turns to the right (for right-handers) and to the left (for left-handers). This slice happens because the clubface is open, or aimed to the right (for right-handers) or the left (for left-handers) when you make contact with the ball. In order to fix this, you’ll have to change the way you hold the club, or adjust so the clubface is aimed at your target at impact.
  2. Change your stance. Another way to slice when your body is pointed left of the target (for right-handers) and the opposite for lefties. If you’re lined up open, where your forward foot is behind your back foot, you will swing down the open line, opening the face. So for righties, move your left foot toward the ball, so it feels like you’re aiming more to the right, and lefties do the opposite. This should be a quick fix.
  3. Don’t change anything. If you always rip it 260 with a 60-yard slice, then it might be in your best interest to just embrace it. At least you know where it’s going! A four is a four, and we always say: “there’s no pictures on a scorecard.”

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