The Correct Golf Grip to Finally Cure the Slice
The Correct Golf Grip Could Be All You Need to Finally Cure Your Slice. Have You Been Holding Your Club Wrong This Whole Time?
Every golfer knows that using the correct golf grip is fundamental for a good round.
What you may not realize is that correcting your grip can also be one of the easiest ways to fix your slice.
It’s true. If you’re starting to feel like that nasty slice is never going to go away, no matter how hard you work to improve your golf swing, you might just need a simpler approach. Go back to the fundamentals and make sure you’re using the correct golf grip.
I am about to cover the process of correcting a golf slice by improving your grip. We’ll take a look at:
- Your golf grip at setup
- How to maintain proper grip on the takeaway
- What your grip should look like at the top of your downswing
I’ll also provide two different solutions:
- One for golfers who don’t like to practice and just want a quick fix.
- Another for golfers who love practicing and want to learn correct golf grip as part of a larger effort to improve their swing over the long term.
Let’s jump in.
How to Fix a Slice Grip
First, let’s nail down the most basic aspect of proper grip: the position of the club in your hands.
When a lot of golfers start talking about correct golf grip, they fixate on one of two things:
- Grip strength
- Grip style
While it is true that both of these elements influence your golf swing, they tend to overshadow an equally important aspect of grip. If your worried about your grip and style, you can find more tips here. But first, let’s make sure the problem isn’t something more basic.
How to Hold the Club in Your Hand
A lot of golfers tend to grip their golf clubs in the palm of their hand. This kills your golf swing and causes nightmare golf shots like the slice.
When you hold the club in your palm, you limit mobility in your wrists. This gives you less control in both the backswing and the downswing. What you want to do instead is grip the club handle with your fingers.
Here’s a quick method for making sure you have the correct golf grip:
- Hold the golf club out in front of you so the shaft is vertical, perpendicular to the ground.
- Tilt the club head away from your body about 45 degrees.
- Position your lead hand on the club handle at an angle. You want the handle to pass across your hand from the base of the pinky to the middle knuckle of your index finger.
- Continue setting up your grip as you normally would.
When you do this, you should feel that you’re gripping the handle in your fingers and not your palm.
How to Tell if You Use the Correct Golf Grip
One easy way to check whether you are gripping the club in your palm or your fingers is to just look at your golf glove.
If you notice natural wear and tear spread evenly over the surface of your glove, you’re doing great.
On the other hand, if you have just one or two really big holes or if you notice holes forming after only a few uses, you need to fix your grip.
Tips for Adjusting Your Golf Grip on the Takeaway
Now, let’s talk about what the correct golf grip looks like throughout your golf swing, starting with the takeaway.
There are a lot of swinging flaws that can kill your golf shots, but a bad wrist angle is one of the worst offenders. Your wrist angle on the takeaway influences the orientation of the club face.
And as we all know a little too well, the success of your shot is determined by whether your club face is opened, closed, or square.
Now, I am going to offer two different tips on the takeaway: one for golfers who practice and one for those who don’t.
Why is the advice different if the problem is the same?
Because the advice for non-practicing golfers fixes this one problem—the slice—without having to get into other aspects of swing technique. This is a change you can make on the golf course today and immediately get rid of that slice.
Here is a good video if you want to know the tendencies that come from a strong, weak, or neutral golf grip.
However, those who are more serious about becoming a better golfer all-around won’t benefit from the quick-fix tip. They need to learn a technique that integrates with all the other elements of an ideal golf swing. My tip for them helps them fix the slice and sets them up for success with other challenges in the long-term.
The Takeaway for Non-Practicing Golfers
To perfect your golf grip on the takeaway, note the position of the logo on your golf glove.
As you swing away from the ball, you want to rotate the logo downward so it points at the ground.
This rotation gets the club face in a closed position, and that closed position helps you correct the slice immediately.
The Takeaway for Practicing Golfers
Again, we’re looking at the logo on your golf glove.
As you swing away from the golf ball, make sure the logo on your glove points more outward than downward. Think of pointing the logo towards the golf ball or away from your body.
This results in a square club face.
Tips for Correct Golf Grip on the Downswing
Finding the correct golf grip for the downswing starts with checking your wrist angles at the top of your swing and in the transition. Once again, which solution is best for you depends on whether you plan to invest time in mastering your overall golf game.
Top of the Swing for Non-Practicing Golfers
If you don’t like to practice or don’t have time to spend perfecting your swing technique, just do this:
Rotate the logo on your golf glove up towards the sky at the top of your swing.
A lot of slicers tend to rotate the logo down as they prepare to go into their downswing. When you rotate upward instead, you close the club face and are far more likely to stop slicing.
Now, even though this is a quick-fix technique for golfers who don’t practice, you will see some great players use wrist flexion in this way. It isn’t common, but those professionals are out there, and they have a great game because of it.
Having said that, if you’re serious about improving your golf game, start with this next technique instead.
Top of the Swing for Practicing Golfers
Once again, my goal for more serious golfers is to help you find more neutral positions within your golf swing sequence. This sets you up to practice other swing techniques with greater ease and more success.
As you prepare to take your downswing, check that your thumbs are underneath the club. This position squares the club face.
Bonus Tip: Swing Plane
Now, I won’t dig too deep into this, because we already have a great article on swing plane. But correcting your swing plane is a great way to cure a slice, so I’ll offer some quick insight right now.
On your downswing, think about keeping the club head inside what I call “The Corridor of Success.”
Imagine there is an imaginary line from the ball through your hips, running along the same angle as your club shaft.
Then, imagine a second, parallel line running along the same angle and intersecting the base of your neck.
If you can keep the hands and club head between those lines, you are in the Corridor of Success.
Side note: The LiveView is a great tool for visualizing swing plane, as it allows you to draw actual lines on a real-time, mirror-image video of your swing. Practicing golfers should especially check out LiveView for improving their golf skills.
The Correct Golf Grip to Avoid Slicing from Here on Out
Now, there are a lot of adjustments you can make in your swing to fix the slice.
If you’re still struggling after correcting your golf grip, I suggest making sure you have the correct ball position. You may also want to make sure you understand the difference between hitting irons versus drivers.
But before you jump into any of that, start with correct golf grip. Here are some quick checklists for reference the next time you’re at the golf course.
- Make sure you are gripping the golf club in your fingers and not your palms. The club handle should run diagonally across your hand.
- Point the logo of your golf glove towards the ground on the takeaway.
- Rotate the logo of your golf glove towards the sky as you prepare for your downswing.
- Check your grip and make sure you are holding the handle in your fingers. The club should cross from the base of your pinky finger to the middle knuckle of your index finger.
- Point the logo of your golf glove out away from you on the takeaway.
- Keep your thumbs on the underside of the golf club at the top of your swing.
And both non-practicing and practicing golfers should think about keeping the club head inside the Corridor of Success.
Make these small changes, and I guarantee you’ll be enjoying an improved game in no time.
Once you’ve seen the results, come back and let us know:
Did These Tips Help Cure Your Slice?
Do you have any questions or advice of your own to share? Jump into the comments and join the conversation!
For more in-depth golf tips, visit us at GreatGolfTipsNow.com. This golf instruction is completely free and packed with detailed advice to help you play better golf!