by: Jeff O'Brien
In order to slice a golf ball (impart a left to right ball flight for a right handed golfer) you have to
strike the golf ball in a manner that will cause a clockwise rotation of the ball. The more
dramatic the rotation the more dramatic or worse the golf slice.
For the context of this article, I will speak from a right handed golfers swing and perspective.
When defining the golf slice there are a couple of basics characteristics to the ball flight. First,
there is the slice that initially may start down the target line then move off line in a left to right
movement. This type of slice tells us that the swing path was traveling down the intended target
line, but at impact the club face was left open and did not get back to a square position at impact.
Usually this type of golf slice doesnt produce as sever of left to right movement of the golf ball
since the swing path itself was not cutting across the ball in an outside to inside manner. This
type of slicing of the golf ball is more easily cured. And can usually be done so with a bit of
work on the golfers setup, alignment, and or grip.
The second type of golf slice is the one that plagues the vast majority of beginning and high
handicap golfers. This is the type of slice that produces the banana ball type of flight and is very
uncontrollable and frustrating.
The attributes of this type of slice for the golfer are the ball will initially start left of the target
line indicating that the swing path is incorrect right from the get go. When the ball immediately
begins left of the target line that tells you that your swing path has come from the outside to the
Now, having done that with your swing, doesnt necessarily guarantee that you are going to slice
the golf ball but you sure have made much easier for a slice to occur. Now combine the outside
to inside swing path with an open clubface at impact and you now have a golf shot that starts left
and has the double whammy of a slicing swing path across the golf ball, and an open club face.
With these two laws of physics going for you; you have just produced one beautiful slice. One
that only a proud parent could love! You know the one Im talking about. The ball that travels
300 yards total distance, but only about 220 yards further down the course (if you can find it all).
A golfer who is plagued with this type of golf slice is going to require quite a bit more work in
order to correct this because their basic swing is flawed and must be corrected. But, its important
to understand what it is in your golf swing and your golf swing mechanics that makes the ball do
what it does. Once you understand the 9 rules of ball flight youll be more able to understand
what it is in your swing that is producing the flight of the ball you are seeing, and as such you
can more quickly address and adjust to ensure success.
This article was posted on March 03, 2006