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why do I hit my driver so f*****g low


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#1 newgolfkid

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 03:44 PM

I have no clue why my drives go so low.  (10 degree too) I must be delofting the club but I can't see how. I moved the ball just inside my left foot and try to hit it on the upswing and tee it up pretty high but still goes pretty low and fade/ slices most of the time. The ball rolls a lot on the fairway but It's definitely robbing my distance because it's going so low. My friend hits his drives more than double the height of mine and and he has a 9.5 degree and he's very consistent and long. His only rolls about 10 yards and mine rolls 50 + sometimes. I must have more of an iron swing because I find it much easier hitting my irons. My 3 wood doesn't go very high either. My other weakness is not being able to hit fairway woods or hybrids. They also go very low and sometimes I ground ball my 3 wood off the fairway. I'm not sure what to do to fix this. If anyone has any insight I would appreciate it. I'm going to put another video of my swing up again.

Edited by newgolfkid, 11 August 2009 - 04:06 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2009 - 03:57 PM

Check the face of the club to see where exactly you are striking the ball.  It may be that you are making contact below the equator of the curved club face, rather than at the center or slightly above.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 04:07 PM

I think I sometimes do make contact below the equator but today I was looking at the marks on it and there were two right in the middle and one just above middle and all my drives were still going low.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 04:11 PM

What driver/shaft/flex and what is your SS?

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 07:36 PM

Your angle of attack much be downward at impact and not upward. I know you probably feel like you are swinging "up" at the ball, but with a 10* driver and a low ballflight, you are most likely hitting down on the ball.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 08:18 PM

Video your swing and see if you are swing on a flat plane or laying it off and trapping it through is my suggestion.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 08:24 PM

You are probably delofting the club. My guess is your hands are ahead of the clubhead at impact. Take video footage of your swing from the front and then play it frame by frame. Make sure you are hitting UP on the ball. Sometimes you will be surprised that what you see on the video is not what you felt when you swung the club.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 08:28 PM

I bet you are hitting your irons great.   You are coming down on the ball.  I bet you have a small cut to your swing as well.

Let me know if I'm right and I'll fix your driver.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 12:47 AM

I'll videotape my swing and I must be hitting down on it but it definitely doesn't feel that way.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 12:51 AM

If you dont have some axis/spine tilt away from the target Id try that.


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Posted 12 August 2009 - 01:27 AM

Yes I do tilt my spine away from the target and keep more weight on back foot but I think I may have figured out my problem. My shaft may be too stiff for me. I ordered a new driver last week and got regular flex instead of the firm flex of my callaway big bertha titanium driver. My new driver is the r7 draw. 10.5 degree regular flex.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 01:55 AM

 newgolfkid, on Aug 12 2009, 01:47 AM, said:

I'll videotape my swing and I must be hitting down on it but it definitely doesn't feel that way.

What you feel, and what's real, are never the same.  I started taping my swing a few months ago, and I was SHOCKED at how differen't it was from its feel.

I felt like I was taking it back short, and steep, and coming through flat, but it was that I was going 25 past paralell, taking it back 30 flat, and coming down 15 steep.

And when I went to change, the amazing thing was HOW MUCH I had to change to get a result.  I litteraly felt like I was doing a Furyk loop, and the club was FLAT going back!  Never trust what you feel, only what you feel different.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 02:00 AM

 Shanks For The Memories, on Aug 11 2009, 11:55 PM, said:

 newgolfkid, on Aug 12 2009, 01:47 AM, said:

I'll videotape my swing and I must be hitting down on it but it definitely doesn't feel that way.

What you feel, and what's real, are never the same.  I started taping my swing a few months ago, and I was SHOCKED at how differen't it was from its feel.

I felt like I was taking it back short, and steep, and coming through flat, but it was that I was going 25 past paralell, taking it back 30 flat, and coming down 15 steep.

And when I went to change, the amazing thing was HOW MUCH I had to change to get a result.  I litteraly felt like I was doing a Furyk loop, and the club was FLAT going back!  Never trust what you feel, only what you feel different.

This man speaks the truth. I've had the same epiphany as well.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 08:38 AM

Just a thought too - you could be starting to pick up out of your swing.  I find when I'm not hitting a particular club well, I get antsy, and tend to jerk up to see how crappy I hit it this time EVEN BEFORE I HIT IT.  Maybe its something this simple, or even try teeing it a touch higher?

I'm pretty sure it's not the club, as my SS is 96 with a driver, and I had no problems hitting my buddy's TM R7 10* superquad with a stiff shaft.  Although a softer flex may have a better "upkick" when the club hits the ball, the shaft alone shouldn't be enough to cause a super severe issue, especially with a 10* loft.  If you said 8.5* with stiff shaft, that's another thing.

My guess is it is something in the swing somewhere.  As stated by others, videotaping works wonders.  I now have a 3/4 backswing (and much better control) because of it.
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Posted 12 August 2009 - 09:27 AM

ok thanks for all that advice Ill get a video on here tonight probably. and I don'tknow if anyone really does this but would it be weird if I opened the club face of the driver at address or is that crazy talk,


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Posted 12 August 2009 - 09:37 AM

Your swing may not be the main problem. In my case, I am a lefty and I know for a fact that my right leg is shorter by about 1 inch then my left leg. Not a lot you would say right! Well, it does affect my hips angle and shoulder as well.

Granted, everyone's legs are not totally equal in length, but it is good to know so you can adapt.

And to further make a point about a previous above post, I do hit my irons very well and used to have a lower ball flight in my woods just as you do.

I am now aware of it, have changed my loft and shaft and address position. I am hitting my driver with a good trajectory on average to 265 (280 on a good day) with an average 100 SS.




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