Slices are one of the biggest struggles for beginner golfers. I suffered in many matches due to slicing. The most common reason behind this is your clubface is open with respect to the swing path while hitting the ball. Other reasons include too much of a lift, shifting weights during a swing, and incorrect hand positions.
You can fix your slices by following the steps below:
- Strengthen the grip and fix your hand positions
- Keep the clubface square at impact
- Don’t lift the driver too much
- Maintain in-to-out swing paths
- Don’t shift weight too much
A lot of little details go into fixing a golf ball that goes right with the driver. I will shed light on these nuances to help you fix your slices. Read it till the end if you want to face this hurdle and overcome it. Let’s get started.
I assume you are a beginner golfer, as you are struggling with slices. To clearly understand the problem, I will explain it further.
When you hit the golf ball with the driver, the ball can have three possible directions. The best one is toward the swing path. In some cases, the ball goes to the right or left of the swing path. When the ball moves to the right, this is called a slice.
Remember, this definition is only for right-handers. In the case of left-handers, a golf ball curving to the left will be called a slice. I will be discussing slices from the perspective of a right-hander throughout the article.
Let’s learn about two different types of slice shots.
- Classic Slice: After the impact, the golf ball goes a bit left of the swing path. But it finally moves to the right of the path.
- Push Slice: In this case, the golf ball goes right from the very beginning. As the flight continues, the ball goes further to the right.
5 Reasons Why Golf Ball Goes Right With Driver
You may play a slice for the following reasons. Understand them well to be able to fix them effectively.
1. You Have a Weak Grip and Wrong Hand Positions
Most slicers have incorrect hand positions and weak grips. When your grip is weak, the chance of the clubface remaining open at impact is higher. You can identify a weak grip by finding the direction of your fingers.
When you grip the driver, your left thumb and left index finger should make a ‘V’ shape. The shape will be facing your nose if the grip is weak. On the contrary, a strong grip is where this shape faces toward your ears or back of the head.
And the club may not have any forward lean due to the wrong hand positions. At impact, the hands and the club head will be in line if the hand positions are wrong.
How to Fix Your Grip and Hand Positions?
- You should try to have a neutral grip first. Make sure the V shape between your left thumb and left index fingers is facing your ears. And when the club is at the top of the swing, the wrist shouldn’t be cupped.
- To fix the hand position, swing the driver and stop just before the impact. Your hands and the grip should be on the left of the clubhead. The forward lean will help you eliminate slices.
To understand the swing path, you can think of an imaginary line between the ball position and the target. If you swing the driver from the outward to inward direction, it will cause the golf ball to go right.
This is known as an out-to-in swing path because you swing the driver from the right of the imaginary line to the left.
How to Fix Swing Paths?
- You need to follow an in-to-out swing path to fix your slices. It means the swing will start from the left or inside of the imaginary line. And the shot will be pointed toward the right or the outside of the imaginary line. Left-handers should do the opposite.
- Also, keep the head of the driver behind as long as you can. It will help in improving the swing.
I need you to think about that imaginary line again. When the clubface points toward the outside or the right of the line, that is called an open clubface. Hitting the ball with an open clubface will cause it to go right.
When your wrist is cupped at the top, it will cause an open clubface at impact. The clubface should be square or perpendicular to the imaginary line to make a straight shot.
How to Fix Open Clubface?
- When you swing the driver at the top, make sure your grip is neutral or strong. The grip shouldn’t be at the back of your forearms where the wrists are cupped.
- Instead, you need to make a bow shape with your wrists. This will keep the clubface square at impact.
During a swing, you may lift the driver too much to make slices. When your hands and arms are too far from your body, it means you are lifting more than necessary. This causes the clubface to remain open at impact and result in slices.
How to Fix Too Much Lift?
- When you lift the driver, you need to keep the hands and arms close to your body.
- The arms should be close to your chest, with a slight gap between them. And the hands will be just behind the shoulder. You can practice this by doing half swings.
Beginner golfers make this mistake commonly. When the driver is at the top, they have more weight on the back foot. As the swing continues, they tend to shift the weight to the front foot.
Too much of a shifting can change the direction of the clubface at impact. As a result, you will have a slice instead of a straight shot.
How to Prevent Weight Shifting?
- You shouldn’t depend on shifting weight to take stronger shots. Instead, keep the weight on your front foot most of the time.
- Only shift about 10% of the weight to your back foot while at the top. Before impact, shift that to the front foot again.
some common user questions [FAQs]
You might find the answers to some frequently asked questions helpful. Check them out.
Q: Why does a golf ball go right with drivers but not irons?
When the backspin is higher than the sidespin, the ball doesn’t go right. As irons are more lofted than drivers, golf balls don’t go right with irons. But drivers aren’t that lofted, so balls have a higher side spin and go to the right.
Q: Can I stop golf balls from going right with the driver by changing the ball?
Not really. The flight path of golf balls doesn’t depend much on the golf ball. Instead, it depends on the club used, the swing direction, the impact direction, the club loft, etc.