How to Fix a Slice — Ball Flight Laws

Under­stand­ing the ball flight laws which gov­ern why your ball is hook­ing and slic­ing is nec­es­sary to be able to build aware­ness of your own club­head path and club­face angle. Know­ing your own club­head path and club­face angle enables you to eas­i­er make swing changes.

Our swing is deter­min­ing how the club­head path and club­face angle and the rela­tion­ship between the two, at impact, cre­ate the ball flight pat­tern. What exact­ly is the rela­tion­ship between club­head path and club­face angle? Depend­ing on the club, your club­face angle is 65 to 85 per­cent respon­si­ble for the direc­tion your ball starts in. The club­head path, specif­i­cal­ly the rela­tion­ship between the club­head path and the club­face angle, is pri­mar­i­ly respon­si­ble for the direc­tion and amount of cur­va­ture in your ball flight.

In the video below, Andrew Rice explains the ball flight laws and the “Roy­al” rela­tion­ship between path and face.

If you didn’t already, you now know that a slice is caused by the club­face angle being open rel­a­tive to the club­head path. The slice we’re all use to see­ing is the one that starts on or left of the tar­get line, curves way right land­ing well right of the tar­get, usu­al­ly so far right that you’re in trou­ble. The path moves from out­side of the tar­get line across to the inside of the tar­get line. The club­face angle is point­ing to the right of the path to some degree.

Many golfers try to com­pen­sate their slice by aim­ing more left, which doesn’t help. This move can increase the dif­fer­ence between your path and face, wors­en­ing your slice. Even if you can aim more left and not wors­en you slice, there are just too many holes that you might not have the room to start that far left.

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