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How to Fix a Golf Slice

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Statistics say around 80 percent of all golfers fight the dreaded slice. Few feelings in golf are worse than solidly hitting the golf ball yet watching it take a big right turn for the woods or the lake. Trying to fix a golf slice sometimes feels like a lifelong battle. Fortunately, you can learn to fix a golf slice.

Take the club you slice the ball with the most (probably a driver or three wood) to the driving range and rent a bucket of golf balls.

Stretch and warm up to prepare your body to make good golf swings.

Tee up a ball and get in your normal position to hit it. You should pick a target (usually a flag) to help you watch your ball flight and concentration.

Check your alignment, as you may line up well left of the target if you are playing for the slice. Hold the club across your hips in a horizontal position. Look to see whether the club points to your target.

Address the tee and reposition your body, so that your club points to your target from your shoulders, hips and feet. Many people who slice the ball try to aim further left but end up opening their stances more, creating a bigger slice.

Hit five or six balls toward the target, checking your alignment before each swing. If you are still slicing the ball, don't change your body position to adjust for the slice. If you aren't slicing, your alignment was the problem.

Address the ball by looking down at your grip and counting the number of knuckles you can see on your left hand. If you can't see at least two knuckles, you need to rotate your hands around the grip until you can see them. Don't move the club when you rotate your hands around the grip.

Rotate your hands to the right a little more if needed, but don't do it to the point that you see four knuckles on your left hand. Hit five or six more golf balls, paying close attention to the direction of the balls.

Put an end to the chicken wing. If you are still slicing the ball, take some practice swings while keeping your right elbow against your body during the swing. A right elbow that flies out from your body during the swing (chicken wing) will cause the dreaded out-to-in path for a slice.

Hit through the rest of the rented golf balls once you fix your slice, making sure the proper changes are used for each swing.

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