Anyone who plays golf knows that the game changes each time you step out onto the course. Any slight shift in your movement or technique can either improve or wreak havoc on your game. You might find yourself suddenly chopping at the ball or even causing your swing to slice the ball. This article is about what happens when your technique changes and how you might be able to cure a golf slice.
If you've ever attended a golf school or received personal instruction on your golf game, chances are you also received some training on how to apply certain techniques to change the way you swing the club. You might not notice what your swing has turned into or how it originates and follows through, so having a knowledgeable professional watch you and then make subtle changes to your setup or your swing will help you to cure a golf slice.
Without this personal assistance, it's up to you to try to go back to the basics and figure out what you're doing wrong and correct it. This often needs to happen quickly, like right after the first few swings on the course, during a match or outing. Therefore you need to start with the simple things and in order to do damage control during a match or outing, the first thing you should try is to aim to the left to compensate for the slice (for right handers).
If you find that you constantly slice the ball to the right, take your usual stance then shift your feet and your body, so that instead of looking 12 o'clock downrange you're now more at 11 o'clock. Try this for a swing or two. If you're still slicing to the right, try a 10 o'clock stance.
It's a rough way to fix a swing, but it usually works. Keep shifting to the left until you find that your shift now puts the ball where it needs to go.
Another way to make an "on the fly" adjustment is to change the angle of your clubface at address. The ideal way to line up your club with the ball is to line up your stance at 12 o'clock to where you want the ball to go and make sure your clubface meets the ball center and perpendicular to your 12 o'clock stance. If you're slicing to the right, rotate the club in your hands so that the clubface is now shifted to an 11 o'clock position on the ball. Try a few swings and make further adjustments if needed to the left until the ball is landing where you want it to land.
These are two quick and easy adjustments any golfer can make to their swing in order to cure a slice. Give them a try and see where they take you, but don't rely on these in the long run. You'll still need to make some foundational changes to your swing so that you're swinging at a perfect 12 o'clock position.