Golf tip of the week: Correct a slice with 2 simple adjustments

PHOTO PROVIDED Correct hand position and proper shoulder alignment can correct a slice.

The two leading causes of a slice are improper grip and shoulder position. The position of the hands-on the club should be such that the V’s formed by the thumbs and index fingers point to the right shoulder area, left shoulder for the left-hand golfer. The more you slice, the more the hands should roll to the right at setup.

One to two knuckles of the left hand should be visible at the address position.

The palm of the right hand should match the angle of the left hand to ensure the hands work together as one unit.

The shoulders must be in a closed position with the right shoulder and elbow lower than the left, the left shoulder and elbow for the left-hand golfer.

A closed shoulder position is when the shoulders are aligned slightly right of the target, left of the target for the left-handed golfer. The closed shoulder position induces right to left ball spin.

If the shoulders are open, the ball will spin left to right creating a slice for the right-hand golfer. An open shoulder position for the left-handed golfer will generate a right to left spin, causing the ball to curve to the left.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and Rick gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator at his golf facility in Williamsport.


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