Gear hacks to fix your pesky slice


Even the best players in the world slice it on occasion.

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Welcome to another edition of the Fully Geared Mailbag, sponsored by Cleveland/Srixon Golf, an interactive series in which we answer your hard-hitting gear questions.

Is there anything I can do to my clubs to help repair my slice? – Laurence B., New Mexico

To be clear, the best way to fix your slice is not to go to your local golf equipment retailer and try to buy yourself back to the fairway. The swing reigns supreme when it comes to curing the dreaded banana ball, and no amount of gear hacks, gadgets, or even custom club setups will eradicate the hard truth when it comes to fixing a slice.

To stop propelling the ball to the right, you have made contact with a square to closed clubface angle to the path it is traveling on. As simple as that. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some things you can do to tone down a slice, or sometimes, make it less embarrassing. Let’s look at a handful of gear hacks you can (legally) do to fix things.

Try thinner handles

You may not realize it, but if you play with thicker grips (medium, oversized, or even jumbo grips), you may experience slow hand release on impact. When this happens, you run the risk of the clubface remaining open during the stroke, which invariably sends the ball to the right. A skinner grip can help you grip the club more in the fingers and less in the palm, which for many golfers will activate the hands more and promote faster release through the stroke.

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Adjust your pipe

If you have a driver, wood, or even hybrid with an adjustable hosel sleeve, a simple twist of a torque wrench will adjust the open or closed face angle. Slicers will want a steep clubface angle to help them better align the clubface at impact, but there is a catch. When adjusting the face angle, you will also affect the loft and sometimes the lie angle of the club. This means that when you select a draft setting, you not only close the clubface, you also add loft and increase the lie angle for a straighter stance. Thing is, you can slice it a little less, but don’t be surprised if you hit it higher as well.

Try more lag

Offset clubs come with a hosel configuration that positions the clubface further back at impact. How this helps cut is all about timing – offset clubs give the golfer a bit more time in the swing to adjust the face before making contact with the ball. And yes, we’re talking milliseconds here, and yes, that can definitely make a difference.

Heel weight bias

Maybe you have a driver who has adjustable weights, or maybe you’re ready to try lead tape. Whichever way you do it, adding weight to the heel section of the club will bring the center of gravity closer to the jacket, which will then lighten the toe section, making it easier to square and close the head of the club. club at impact. The even better situation is to lighten the toe (via an adjustable weight cartridge) but if that’s not possible, a few grams of weight on the heel should do the trick. Just remember that as you add weight, your swing weight will also increase.

Shorten your driver rod/try a softer tip

One of the reasons we think a lot of people cut is that they use driveshafts that are way too long. The longer the shaft, the flatter the lie angle (for most of us), and the flatter the angle, the harder it is to square the clubface at impact. A shorter shaft can help you swing on a straighter plane, making it easier to rotate your hands and hit the ball at the correct face angle. But if you’re not ready to give up the extra clubhead speed you get with a longer shaft, try using a shaft that has a softer tip section. A softer toe section (which is the end toward the clubhead) will increase the rate of clubhead closure per impact to help you hit fewer slices.

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Adding loft can help, in a way.

For this tip, let’s first dive into how rotation works.

For starters, every shot you hit has some measure of backspin. Also, any spin is technically a backspin – it only becomes a “sidespin” when the ball spins on an angled axis. So when you have an axis of rotation tilted to the right (for a slice), the ball will curve to the right. Tilt it to the left and the ball curves to the left. It’s not about side spin or back spin – there’s only one type of spin you impart to the ball. Finally, when you make contact with a square clubface angle (to the trajectory), the ball will fly straight in the direction of your trajectory. Any deviation in the angle of the face from your trajectory will tilt your axis of rotation one way or another.

The reason the above is important to know is that lower loft clubs have much less room for error when it comes to giving side spin (backspin on a lean) than higher loft clubs . But when you add loft, you increase the likelihood of hitting the ball on a more vertical axis of spin, which helps you hit the ball straighter. So in that sense, more loft can help you reduce a slice, but it’s not as effective as the previous hacks to stop hitting the ball to the right.

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