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A Note From The Editor

What’s the most destructive shot in golf? A shank is pretty bad. Knifing one over the back of a green after a perfect drive makes my heart sink. And three-putting from eight feet not only costs you a shot, it’s really annoying! But for a majority of club players, a slice is the most persistent – and ultimately costly – bad shot. And not just because up to 80 per cent of us hit one.

According to the stat tracking experts at Shot Scope, slicing one into the trees is wrecking your card. Even if you can reign back your left-to-right shape so it finishes in the right rough, you will (on average) hit it four times closer to the flag with your next shot…

Distance, too, is a huge slice casualty. If you hit more hybrids than 8-irons into greens from the right-handed rough, it’s because that weak, curving flight is costing you up to 60 yards compared to a straight drive, according to TrackMan. 

As we approach the winter, and you reflect on another season of missed fairways and being the shortest driver in your group, absorb the advice in this issue. Try the tips. Perhaps demo a draw driver at your local pro shop. Think differently when you’re on the tee…

It will all help you curb that slice, which will ultimately lead to lower scores – and more fun. 

Chris Jones, Editor.

10 Things to read in this issue 

P24: Columnists
– Nick Dougherty and Andrew Cotter on the Ryder Cup. Dougherty reflects on why team USA were poorly paired and underprepared, while Cotter talks about why he thinks the event deserves to be seen by far more people. 

P46: Big interview with Eddie Pepperell
– On the back of his best season ever, we attempt to find out what really makes Eddie tick. 

P54: Inside Spain’s Seve shrine
– We went to pedrena to see how the legend’s legacy  lives on in his home, his village… and his life-changing Foundation.

P56: Bye-bye slice
– the ultimate guide to fixing your slice. From why it happens to how to fix it, the data and strategy behind it, and why choosing the right gear is an important part.

P70: My Life in Golf
- This month we chat to Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll on caddying for his dad, struggling to see the ball, his love of the Dunhill and a woeful short-game.

P72: Short game secrets
- with two of the European Tour’s finest, Shane Lowry and Soren Kjeldsen provide your guide to chipping, wedge play and bunker shots.

P81: Tested: Forged Irons
– 26 sets of the latest models put through their paces. Find out why new models and new technology means forged irons are no longer just reserved for the best players.

P92: Twin Test
- Callaway’s Chrome Soft v Titleist’s new AVX. We put the two soft-feeling, low-compression balls at very different prices head to head.

P94: Tested: Tiger’s drivers
– his old Nike head-to-head against his TaylorMade M3

P120: The insider’s guide
– why Gran Canaria offers everything you could want. Lunar landscapes, quiet courses and the perfect climate make for a cracking trip.