Struggling off the tee

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By JShelton

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  1. JShelton

    JShelton
    Charleston, SC

    Asking for some advice from TT:

    For the last year I've struggled to be consistent off the tee box with my driver. I haven't changed anything with the driver, its a 915D2. I'm a mid-handicapper (13) and have never had this sort of inconsistency with the driver. I've even switched up and started hitting irons off the tee on any hole less than 400 yards (and even some par 5s).

    The rest of my game is good enough (I've only had 3 3-putts in my last dozen rounds, and the short game is per my usual).

    It's probably mental at this point, but wanted to get y'alls advice before going to get some lessons.

    Thanks!

  2. beaureed445

    beaureed445
    Edmond, OK

    JShelton said:

    Asking for some advice from TT:

    For the last year I've struggled to be consistent off the tee box with my driver. I haven't changed anything with the driver, its a 915D2. I'm a mid-handicapper (13) and have never had this sort of inconsistency with the driver. I've even switched up and started hitting irons off the tee on any hole less than 400 yards (and even some par 5s).

    The rest of my game is good enough (I've only had 3 3-putts in my last dozen rounds, and the short game is per my usual).

    It's probably mental at this point, but wanted to get y'alls advice before going to get some lessons.

    Thanks!

    I've also had a driver issue that's come about over my last 3-4 rounds. I'm scrambling my butt off, but it's been a grind. I have a Titleist Thursday date for 2 weeks from today. I'm looking forward to testing out the TS series.
  3. No'l

    No'l
    Palmdale, CA

    You probably just need to have someone look at your swing. A pro would be the best way to go about it.

    Anyway, I had struggled myself in the last couple of months. Instead of asking my pro, I went back to my own notes from previous lessons and other notes from previous range work. (just be patient I said) Without having to go through my whole lists, it was all very simple like what everyone would check when they look at someone else's swing (the obvious): plane angle + the rhythm of takeaway/down swing.

    For me, working with just these simple things in a slower motion was enough to engrain the good swing back into play.

    Hope that helps, but like I mentioned... the best way would be to see your local pro.

    Good luck.
  4. Dave N

    Dave N
    Lady Lake, FL

    What is the issue/issues you are having?
  5. Seth R

    Seth R
    Overland Park, KS

    What inconsistencies are you experiencing? Start with the basics: grip, stance, ball position, spine. Have you video’d your swing and taken a look at swingpath and impact zone? Start there and make sure you’re hitting your plane.
  6. JShelton

    JShelton
    Charleston, SC

    I have a natural draw with all my clubs...about 60% of my drives over the last year have turned into bad hooks.
  7. Edward K

    Edward K
    Wesley Chapel, FL

    JShelton said:

    I have a natural draw with all my clubs...about 60% of my drives over the last year have turned into bad hooks.

    First thing I would look at is your path. Your in to out path that normally promotes a draw may have gotten a little more to the outside. I only say that because I've battled it. Here's the Key: Find a GOOD teaching pro, not just anyone. If golf is big on your area, ask around a little. You'll find the right guy! My friends laugh, but I'm around scratch, still take lessons. They actually ask me why. We all have little quirks in our game, and TrackMan is a wonderful tool!
  8. Steve M

    Steve M
    Berea, OH

    1. See a pro - someone who knows you might readily see a small change that you do not feel. 2. Check grip (too strong?) and forward foot position. Front foot may be just a small bit too forward or too closed. At the range, try small changes to these and see if ball flight improves.
  9. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    Since the club is 3-4 years old, my guess is your upper body is over-turning ahead of your core/hip rotation. Over-swinging is another way to describe it. For me, I pause longer at the transition so my arms don't get ahead of weight transfer and hip rotation so my chest is still relatively parallel to the target line at contact. Easy does it...? A hook is both the swing path and club head face moving left of your target line (RH golfer).
  10. JShelton

    JShelton
    Charleston, SC

    Thanks, Don...I think you're right. I do tend to over-swing sometimes. I'll prob schedule some time with a pro anyway...I need to get back to some lower scores!

    Thanks, y'all.
  11. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    Not to be redundant with some other posts, but go see a teaching pro. It's probably a small adjustment.
  12. I had that problem and i started choking down a little on the driver and made a conscious effort to slow down my backswing only swing about 85% and it helped me get back on track.

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