The dreaded slice is an unfortunate part of many golfers' games. Even elite professionals such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson occasionally find themselves on the wrong end of a golf slice, whether off the tee box or fairway. A golf slice, simply put, is a golf shot that veers strongly away from the desired target--to the right for right-handed golfers; to the left for left-handed golfers. Fortunately, there are ways to go about avoiding a golf slice.
Many golfers play the game as a recreational activity, enjoying spending a day out with friends and relaxing on the course. And although the game in itself is fun, it also has its frustrations. By improving your golf game, you can minimize the number of bad shots you hit in each round. With more satisfying shots, and fewer poor shots, you'll maximize the fun you'll have on the course.
The Open Championship -- or as the Americans call it, the British Open, to distinguish the tournament from the U.S. Open -- was first played in 1860 at Prestwick and won by Willie Park. It remained at Prestwick for the next 12 years. Currently it rotates among nine courses. The Open has been held every year with the exceptions of 1871, 1915 through 1919 due to World War I, and 1940 through 1945 due to World War II. The Open is held in July.
Confident golfers tend to shoot lower scores. Confidence allows a golfer to be decisive in his club selection. He doesn't wonder if he has chosen the right club for a given shot. He knows he has. This, in turn, has a positive effect on the execution of the shot. A confident golfer has a plan in mind for each shot. He doesn't just swing and hope.
Golf is a game, after all, and you should have fun when you are out on the course. That is hard to do if you are not getting the distance and accuracy you expect on your golf shots. Don't despair, though--you can improve your golf swing. The key is to discover what you are doing wrong, get professional instruction on how to correct your swing flaws, and invest time into practice for consistent results.
It's insidious, and it can ruin a golf score. You have a chronic problem, and you have probably spent time and money to correct it. But in the end, it always comes back to haunt you. It's the dreaded slice. There are several reasons why golfers unintentionally slice the ball. They can happen during your address or as you swing the club. But there are steps that can be taken to correct them.
All slices are not created equal. There are many reasons why your ball ends up to the right, and before you fix the problem, you have to determine the cause. According to Golf.com, a 1 1/2-degree variation in your club face alignment can translate into a ball that lands 70 feet to the right of the target. Fortunately, remedies exist for even the most pronounced slices. You can even buy golf clubs designed to alleviate the problem.
Golf caps help keep the sun out of your eyes while playing 18 holes, or you can wear them simply for fashion. If you wear golf caps on a hot summer day, they will most likely get filled with sweat and dirt. You can remove this by washing your golf cap, but it's important to do it safely, or it could lose shape and become unwearable.
Golfers panic when a slice appears in their game. They start to overthink every swing, and they even start to accept the slice as part of their game and change the way they manage the golf course to compensate. A slice is the result of a breakdown in the basics of the golf swing, and there are many common cures.
Like any tradition or game that has existed for generations, golf has acquired its fair share of rules of thumb that any golfer should be expected to know. Unfortunately, as is often the case, not all of these rules to live by are true, and sticking to them could be hurting your game.
The slice is one of the main problems golfers face. Although it is not overly difficult to straighten out your shots in theory, the ability to do so on a consistent basis is difficult. Perhaps the most difficult part of controlling a slice is retraining your body to abandon its bad habits when swinging. This can only be done with practice and patience.
The slice shot, in which the ball comes off of the club and travels briefly toward the target before veering sharply away from the golfer and often out of play, is the bane of many recreational golfers. It can be one of the more frustrating problems to work on. Fear of the slice even forces many players to abandon their driver on the course, lest they lose their balls off the tee. There are several potential fixes which can be tested on the range in an attempt to fix a slice.
Too many players slouch over the golf ball as if they are too tired to hit it … and then they wonder why their shots end up everywhere but where they wanted them to go. Setting up with correct posture does not happen by accident, but it is not difficult to achieve either. The important aspects of posture are simply matters of common sense and taking a little care to get things right.
A sliced shot -- the dreaded banana ball that curves severely right -- is a problem that affects most amateur golfers at nearly one point or another. The side spin that creates a slice is the result of a downswing path that travels across the target line from outside to in with a clubface that points right of the target at impact. Recognizing these causes is the first step to eliminating the slice.
If you ask a golfer what's worse, hooking a shot into a water hazard or hitting a shank -- a shot that flies off the club at a strange angle, such as nearly straight to the right -- he might very well choose the hook over the shank, even though he loses his ball and incurs a penalty. Hitting a shank is embarrassing and a golfer who hits one shank has a lingering fear that he's going to hit another one, or more, during the round.
The slice is the most common problem with a golfer's swing. Slicing occurs when the club face is not squared to the ball at impact. If the face is too open, the golfer will slice the ball far to the right (for right-handed golfers, left for lefties) The slice is easy to correct, but like any bad habit, it can show up again without much warning.
Trying to cure a golf slice without working at it is almost like trying to avoid a car accident while driving with your eyes closed – you might get lucky a time or two, but ultimately the inevitable will happen. It is almost natural for a beginning golfer to have a slice in his shot. Although the slice can be avoided, it takes work to adjust the swing in the proper way to ensure that the slice is removed.
Slicing the ball is one of the most detrimental shots for a golfer, as it is frustrating and often leads to a bad score on a hole. And no matter their level of expertise, almost all golfers slice from time to time. It occurs most often with drivers, because the club head is larger and the shaft has a greater amount of flexibility, but it can happen with any club.
Sometimes it's hard to know the best ball position for a given shot. While there are many general rules that can help – for example, the best ball position for an average shot is somewhere between your left armpit and the center of your chest (for a right-handed golfer) – there are ways to find the ball position that gives you the best results for the way you swing.
There’s no telling how many middle-age amateur golfers have watched a Champions Tour event and wondered if they have what it takes to be the next Jay Sigel. The Champions Tour, known as the Senior PGA Tour until 2002, is open to golfers age 50 and over. While most of the top players on the Champions Tour were successful on the PGA Tour, Sigel, a two-time U.S. Amateur winner, didn’t even turn pro until he was 50. In 1993, Sigel finished 11th in the Champions Tour's National Qualifying Tournament to earn a conditional tour card. Over the next 19 years he won eight Champions Tour events and more than $9 million. Golfers hoping to follow in his footsteps must first enter a regional qualifying tournament.