That moment when you feel the impact of the golf ball on your driver face, you look up and start to see the ball wildly slice is not a pleasant one. Hitting a slice off the tee is a very destructive shot. In this article we will cover how a slice is caused, and review the best drivers set-up for slicers.
A Driver by itself may not completely cure your slice, but the correct driver sure will help you keep you on the fairway. As a golf pro, I have frequently taught golfers who have such poor equipment for their golf swing – hopefully this article will help you avoid such mistakes.
If you would all the background detail on how a slice is caused, why you should opt for an offset Driver and much more click this link and jump to the extended FAQ. Below we will jump into a review of the best drivers for slicers.
Best Driver for slicers – The review
#1 Best Driver for slice – Cobra Men’s 2018 F-Max Offset Driver
If you’re out for the best Driver for a slice and you just don’t care about any other factor then the Cobra F-Max Driver with an offset is the best Driver for you.
As you will see in our extended FAQ, it has every feature needed for a Driver to reduce a slice. The Cobra F-Max Driver comes in offset or non-offset. We highly recommend the offset option if you have a slice.
The F-Max also has additional mass in the heel of the Driver head, this will help square the club face as you approach impact.
The lighter shaft and slighter higher torque will reduce your slice, but also allow you to generate a slightly higher club head speed and longer drives off the tee.
The Cobra F-Max Driver comes in 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5-degree options. If you truly want the best driver for a slice I would suggest you opt for the 11.5-degree set up. This will only launch the ball 1-degree higher than the 10.5 option, but the additional backspin will minimise the effect of any slice-spin during the golf ball’s flight.
#2 Best Driver for slice – TaylorMade M4 D Driver
If you’re out for the best Driver for a slice but you really can’t stand an offset Driver then we recommend the TaylorMade M4 D. The ‘D’ stands for draw and it does live up to its name.
This Driver is ideal if you slice the golf ball. The specific tech reasons are explained below in this great video by Andrew. By if you haven’t got 10 minutes, its key features are – more weight in the heel of the golf club, and a shaft flex that encourages forward tip flex at impact .
The reason we have voted it best Driver for a slice is what it provides onto of this performance. The twist-face technology is a fancy term for saying it’s very good for off-centre strikes.
Many Drivers provide similar technology but the TaylorMade M4 D does a great job on miss-hit shots. This is particularly useful if you are a slicer who also strikes your Driver out of the heel of the golf club.
You will find the twist-face technology, coupled with the additional mass in the hell will lead to longer and straighter drives compared to other Drivers on the market.
Later in this article we cover the benefits of shaft flex when buying the best Driver for a slicer. The short message is to go for a regular of senior flex shaft unless your Driver club head speed is above 100mph. The extra shaft flex will really help you square the club face at impact.
The TaylorMade M4 D is available in 9.5, 10.5 and 12-degrees of loft. Although many slicers want to hit the ball lower, remember the additional loft provides backspin that will really reduce the amount a golf ball slices through the air.
I would recommend a 10.5 to 12-degree set up, depending on your current ball flight and severity of your slice. 12-degrees of loft may lose you 5-7 yards, but wouldn’t you prefer to be 5-7 yards further back, but in the fairway??
What is a slice?
In golf coaching terms a slice is a shot that starts left of your target, curves right through the air and finishes right of your intended target. The image below shows the type of shot we are talking about for a left-handed (left image) and right-handed (right image) golfers.
Strictly speaking, a slice would be the blue line shown in each image above. However, if you struggle with a slice you may also have shots that start right and slice even further right (the yellow arrows). This is called a push-slice.
What causes a slice?
What causes a slice is commonly miss-understood by amateur golfers. The reason I started this website was because I came across a magazine article (I shan’t name any names) suggesting a slice is caused by an out to in swing path. This isn’t strictly true and it leads to many golfers never getting rid of their slice. Read the description below to find the real cause of a slice:
Golf Insider explanation: Most golfers incorrectly assume a slice is caused by an out-to-in swing path. This is not precisely true. The ball curves through the air due to side-spin (or a non-linear torque vector, you can think of this as a combination of side-spin and back-spin). This side-spin is imparted on the golf ball is struck with a club face that is not square to the swing path. An open club face, relative to the swing path is the real cause of a slice in golf.
So the real cause of a slice is side-spin. This side-spin is increased as the club face becomes more open to the swing path through impact.
If you have an out-to-in swing path, and your club face stays square to your swing path you will hit the ball straight left – no curve.
Check out this post for more details on how to fix a slice.
What part of my golf swing creates a slice?
As we discussed above, your open club face at impact is your main nemesis. This being said, you will most likely also have to refine your swing path at some point. Click on the link above to see a case study on how to fix a slice.
Why do I slice my Diver but not my irons?
Most amateur golfers are fooled by this illusion, with many players feeling they must make a different golf swing with their Driver compared to their irons.
This is not the case. Your irons have more loft, this means more backspin on your golf shots and a higher launch angle. These two factors mean that any side-spin has less effect on shot shape. If you don’t believe me, just try to hit a 30-yard slice with your Pitching Wedge.
Loft and backspin are two critical factors in reducing a slice. We will cover this during the review, but if you struggle with slicing your Driver, and you have less than 10-degrees of loft then you are in luck! We can certainly find a better driver to reduce your slice.
Driver Technology to help Slicers
Here I will give you an overview of the key factors that can help reduce your slice with a driver. Now you know we are aiming to square up the club face to the swing path you can hopefully start to see how each piece of Driver tech will help with your performance.
Face angle to reduce slice
The most straight forward approach is to buy a Driver which is slightly toed in (the club face sits 1-2 degrees closed at set up). This may sound too simple, but this is genuinely the quickest way to reduce a slice. All other factors discussed below attempt to affect face angle during your swing, but this factor will work far more effectively than any other.
The downside…some golfers don’t like the look of these. I agree it is unnatural, but would you prefer a rough looking golf club that sends you down the middle. Or a sexy looking Driver that sends you into the left-hand trees? It is your choice.
Offset to reduce a slice
The next most beneficial feature in reducing your slice is a driver with off-set. As the image below shows, an off-set Driver is one where the club face sits slightly behind the line of the shaft.
This has two effects that help cure a slice. Firstly, it gives the driver face an extra few milliseconds of time to reach the golf ball, compared to the golf shaft. In this time the club face will continue rotating and will end up slightly less open than it would be with a non-offset Driver.
The second, smaller effect is how this offset affects the shaft flex. Having the Driver head positioned behind the shaft causes the tip to flex forward slightly more into impact. This leads to slightly more dynamic loft on the club face and a little more face rotation. This will further reduce an open club face.
Driver weight distribution to improve slice
Drivers will movable weights have really become fashionable recently. This allows a golfer to slightly adjust where the club’s centre of mass is position: more towards the toe or heel of the golf club.
To help reduce a slice you want to have a Driver with more mass distributed towards the heel of the golf club. You can do this with an adjustable Driver or buy one where this is pre-set. The additional weight in the heel helps the Driver face rotate during the downswing and therefore squares the club face will less effort than a standard Driver.
Driver loft to reduce a slice
The last factor to consider in the Driver club head is loft. If we return to our earlier section ‘why do I slice my Driver, but not my Irons’ we can again consider more loft as our friend. More loft equals more backspin, this backspin creates a more stable flight and minimises any negative effects of side-spin.
Many golfers may argue that a 12-degree driver will loose them too much distance. However 2.5 degrees more loft (compared to a 9.5-degree Driver) will only ever result in the golf ball launching 2.5 degrees higher.
The additional backspin does compound this issue, but it is always a trade-off.
Driver shaft flex to reduce a slice
A common misconception of golfers is that a Driver with a flexible shaft causes an open club face and a slice. The opposite is in fact true. A more flexible shaft results in more lead deflection, this will help close the club face. Click the link above if you want more geeky details, if not you’ll just have to trust me.
Best Anti-Slice Driver
The box below should summarise what you are looking for in a Driver if you wish to reduce or remove your slice.
In summary you are looking for a Driver:
– 1-2 degrees closed (toed-in)
– Has additional mass in the Heel
– Has 10.5-degrees of loft or more (up to 14-degrees)
– Has a flexible shaft
This being said, I would still advocate finding a great coach and working on your game. However, having the right equipment sure will make your journey far more fun.
Best Drivers for slicers – Conclusion
That rounds up this short piece on the key factors you should be looking for in a Driver to reduce your slice. If you would like an article like this one sent to your inbox every Monday come join the Golf Insider Weekly Post.
Happy Golfing – Will @golfinsider