How to Fix a Slice – Create an In to Out Swing

In our previous posts on how to fix a slice, we discussed the grip, and how to rotate your body. In this third installment, we will be creating an in to out swing, which is one of the most important steps in eliminating your slice.

Properly rotating your body helps you not to sway. Swaying backwards and then forwards to hit the ball can cause your swing path to be too outside to in. A swing that is too outside to in is the main reason you are slicing the ball.

What does it  mean to have an in to out swing? Whether you have an in to out swing or an out to in swing refers to the relationship between your club head and the ball as it approaches impact. Inside is between your body and the ball while outside is the area on the other side of the ball. In a baseball analogy, for right handers, an in to out swing will feel like you’re hitting the ball to right field. This coupled with a slightly closed club face relative to the club path will produce a slight draw for a ball flight path.

Golfers with a slice do exactly the opposite. They swing outside to in, impact the ball with an open club face relative to the club path, and end up with a slice for a ball path.

I encourage you to watch Joseph Mayo’s YouTube video, “Trackman Maestro on Ball Flight”. Joseph Mayo, @TrackmanMaestro on Twitter, is a leading authority on ball flight. Mr. Mayo goes in depth on what causes your shot’s initial direction and its curvature.

So why do we want to hit a slight draw instead of a slight fade? There are a few reasons for a beginner or high handicap golfer to hit a draw instead of a fade.

First, by producing a draw, we are fixing your slice. If we aimed at producing a slight fade, we are attempting to minimize your slice, which is more difficult to accomplish.

Second, a draw will generally have greater distance than a fade. Most amateurs can use all the distance they can get.

What can be done to promote an in to out swing?

The first and biggest one is aligning your shoulders, hips, and knees to the right of your target (for right handers) to create a rightward swing direction. Watch another video below from Joseph Mayo as he describes 5 keys in creating an in to out swing.

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