Three Stance Tips
If a golfer is constantly slicing the ball it’s probably only a matter of time before they start aiming a little to the left of their target. Ironically, this will often worsen the slice as aiming to the left exaggerates the outside-to-inside swing motion. So let’s get back to the fundamentals. We have compiled the following golf stance tips for curing a golf slice.
1) Parallel is the Key
The first thing you should do to correct golf slice shots is double-check you are not indeed aiming to the left, or any other direction other than parallel to the target line. This is especially important with your shoulders.
To check this, start by laying a club parallel to the target line (the imaginary line that goes straight from the ball to the target). Now all you need to do is make sure your shoulders, knees, feet and hips are all parallel to the club, and consequently, the target line. An alternate trick you could try here is placing the club across your hips and seeing if they point down the target line.
When setup in this manner you will avoid having a closed stance or an open stance. You will have a square stance which will, in turn, promote hitting the ball squarely. You can picture a square stance as if there is a railroad track going straight to the target and you’re standing on one rail and the ball is on the other rail. The square stance is used by most successful golfers. As you advance you may experiment with other stances but all normal shots should use the same set up.
If you’re still having trouble aligning your shoulders properly, you can even try consciously aiming your shoulders to the right. Obviously you don’t want to do this long-term, but at first it may help you to break your habit of aiming your shoulders to the left. Once your shots start going straight you know you are doing things right.
2) Balance or Bust
In order to advance your swing to the next level and correct golf slice problems, it’s imperative to build proper balance into your stance. If there is any loose motion you are likely to lose balance, disrupt the orbit of your swing, and ultimately, slice the ball. They keys to promoting proper balance in your stance include feet as wide as your shoulders, the proper forward bending of the spine and a good amount of knee flex.
So how does this look? Well, feet shoulder width apart. This means the insteps of you feet will be aligned with the outsides of your shoulders. Now you need to bend your knees so they cover somewhere between the knot on your shoe and mid-laces. Finally, bend forward until the shaft of the club lowers to the point it is pointing at your belt buckle.
3) Position the Ball in Your Stance
Moving the ball even a couple inches forward of back in your stance can affect consistency greatly. You want to align with the ball so it is a couple inches inside your left heel (for right-handed players). Note that a ball too far to the front of your stance will encourage a slice by promoting the outside-to-inside swing path. Meanwhile, a ball too far back in your stance will make it hard to close the clubface on time which could cause a push slice. Establishing a consistent position will help you develop a repeatable swing and correct golf slice problems.
TIP: Check the position of the ball by aligning clubs on the ground or asking a friend to help you. It can be hard to properly gauge your position otherwise.