These days on tour, hitting the ball is all the rage. In an effort to optimize throwing conditions and increase transport distances, players are aiming the ball higher than ever and sending balls that hover to the apex of over 150 feet.
Tiger Woods prefers to approach it in a different way with his namesake “slap slice”. And it’s a much closer method to what you amateurs are probably familiar with.
“I always have. It’s easy for me. Trying is a little harder to do. It’s never been something I’ve been really good at. But it’s very easy for me to hit zero, or slightly lower.”
Hitting the driver will almost always result in a cut, which is the shot Woods prefers to play in competition, particularly when competing along the stretch.
For this shot, aim your shoulders well to the left of the desired target and throw the ball much lower than most tour pros, with most of the ball under the driver’s crown, allowing him to hit it.
“On the underside of my drivers, especially in the early 2000s, you would see patches of grass on my drivers bumping into each other and cutting it off the top of the grass.”
The pilots’ club heads have gotten bigger and deeper, so the days are gone when Woods saw green at the bottom of his big club. But Woods tries to replicate that feeling as much as possible.