How frustrating is it when you hit your drive with a good strike, only to look up and see the ball tailing off towards the trees and into a bush with an unplayable lie, or even worse out of bounds! This shot is the most common amongst amateur golfers, and in this blog, I’m going to give you some tips on how to stop this shot from happening. Below is a list of reasons as to why the ball could be slicing offline:

  • Grip too weak: Make sure that your grip is in the correct position and not too weak at address. A simple way of checking this is to make sure that on your left hand you can see two/three knuckles. Your right hand should naturally be in the correct position and not too far around the grip.


  • Ball position too far forward: At address, the ball position could be too far forward in your stance, which means the natural swing path the club takes will be out-to-in. This means that the club will come across the ball at impact. By putting the ball further back in the stance, this will help you to create a better club path into the ball.


  • Alignment: A common fault for golfers will be to aim further and further left after every slice into the trees in the hope that this stops the ball from finishing into trouble. This doesn’t actually solve the problem, it makes it worse because by aiming further left, your creating more of an out-to-in club path, therefore, enhancing the slice spin created on the ball.


  • Distance from the ball at address: Make sure that you are not setting up standing too far from the ball. This will cause you to reach for the ball, therefore making you swing too much with your shoulders. By swinging too much with your shoulders and not your body, this will make you too steep into the ball and come across it. Again this will make the ball slice spin and cause it to curve to the right during flight.

Thank you for taking the time to read my latest blog, I hope these tips have been helpful. When you are next on the range give them a try and see how they can help with your game! For any advice or a lesson with me, please call 01983 613131


Christopher Reed

PGA Professional

Westridge Golf Centre