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Slice Trajectory - Ball Flight

The slice trajectory for a right-handed golfer.

Illustration by William Glessner
Definition: A type of shot in which the ball curves in the shape of a banana - starting out to the left of the target and then bending dramatically back to the right of the target (for a right-handed golfer; reverse for left-handed golfers). Because of the shape of the slice trajectory, the slice is sometimes colloquially called the "banana ball." A slice is rarely played intentionally, and is the most common mis-hit of amateur golfers.

Also see: Quick tips for diagnosing your slice

Also Known As: Banana ball
Examples:
The Golf Guide sliced his tee shot into the woods off to the right of the fairway.
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