Strength to fix your slice 

Good morning, my fellow golf and fitness student. And yes, your calendar is correct…today is already Wednesday. 

So over the past weekend, my occasional slice reared it’s ugly head – super frustrating, bruh.  

To help give me a refresher of what I’m doing wrong, I looked to our friends over at GolfTec (we are not in bed with them, just friends:) who have an awesome 8-part video series to help fix your slice.  

Now, what you may not realize is what helped me and countless other golfers fix our slice (and hook) was getting stronger.  

Strength coupled with proper technique is an absolutely devastating 1-2 punch. 

Here’s are three biggies why strength is so important (and the mother of all athletic qualities): 

Enhanced Swing Mechanics: Stronger muscles, particularly in the core, upper body, and lower body, can significantly influence your swing mechanics. Strength in your core is key for maintaining balance and control throughout your swing. Enhanced shoulder and arm strength can result in a more precise swing path and clubface orientation at impact. Strength in the lower body, especially the glutes and hips, can help generate more torque and rotational power, which can lead to a smoother, more controlled swing and less unintentional slicing. 

Increased Clubhead Speed: Greater physical strength often leads to increased clubhead speed. It is a common misconception that hitting the ball harder will exacerbate a slice. However, the reality is, with proper swing mechanics, a higher clubhead speed can generate a greater ‘Magnus Effect’ on the golf ball, reducing the tendency for the ball to curve off to the right (for right-handed golfers) and thus mitigating the slice. 

Improved Endurance: Strength training also boosts your endurance, allowing for consistent performance even in the later stages of a round when fatigue might otherwise start to impair your technique. When your muscles tire, your swing can become sloppy, which sends you back to your bad habits. By building your endurance, you can maintain your technique longer and reduce the chance of errors. 

Again, strength needs to be combined with proper technique. A gorilla of a man isn’t going to be able to pick up a club for the first time and start firing 350+ laser beams down the middle of the fairway. 

Just like peanut butter and jelly, they both need each other. 

Your #1 Fan, 

Jeff Pelizzaro 

PS – I highly recommend you do two things if you suffer from a slice: 

  1. Join us in the 18STRONG Membership. 
  1. Watch the GolfTec video series…ONLY if you don’t already have an instructor(s) you like and trust to help improve your game.