Got a ball that's wild right off the tee? Don't worry, you're not alone. Over the past year, one of the most searched for word on GOLF.com has been slice. So we've put together this exclusive package of instruction articles, equipment tips and videos to identify your slice and fix it once and for all.
Find Your Personal Slice Profile
There is more than one way to slice a ball-you can push slice it, pull slice it or just plain slice it. Take this quiz to find out which type of slice is ruining your game and how you can stop it for good.
Which of the following typically describes your ball flight?
a. The ball starts left of the target line, then curves sharply to the right.
b. The ball starts straight down the target line, then curves to the right.
c. The ball starts right of the target line and continues curving farther right.
When hitting your irons, which of the following typically describes your divots?
a. They're deep and point left of the target.
b. They're fairly straight and neither too deep nor too shallow.
c. They're shallow - if they exist at all - and they point to the right of the target.
a. Are usually off the toe of the club.
b. What mis-hits?
c. Are mostly off the heel of the club.
Your least favorite holes...
a. Are dogleg lefts
b. Curve slightly to the left
c. Have out-of-bounds on the right
Describe your power off the tee:
a. Very little
b. Average to good
c. Strong with a lot of clubhead speed
If you answered mostly A's you're a Pull Slicer
You have a strong out-to-in downswing path (the opposite of the push slice), combined with the open clubface at impact. Your arms move out and away from your body at the start of your downswing, promoting an out-to-in path that sends the ball left before the sidespin (caused by the open clubface) takes over and turns it right. The good news? You can live with a pull slice. If it starts far enough left, it's likely to stay in play. Many great players - Hale Irwin, Jack Nicklaus, Craig Stadler, Colin Montgomerie - play a power fade, which is just a scaled-down version of the pull slice.
If you answered mostly B's you're a Straight Slicer
Unlike the other two types of slicers, your swing path is a-okay. Your problem lies within your clubface - it's open at impact. Don't make the mistake of aiming left to compensate for your left-to-right ball flight.. This adjustment could force you to become a pull slicer. Remember: The clubface is far more important than the path for hitting the ball to the target.
If you answered mostly C's you're a Push Slicer
The "true" push slice, often the better player's slice, starts to the right of the target line because your path to the ball comes from the inside. This is the worst slice since it's very difficult to keep in play. The good news: you're not far from being a better player. Why? Once you learn to close the clubface relative to the path, you'll hit a gentle draw.