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  1. #1
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    Default My Quest for Total Driving Improvement (and a lower cap!)

    Driver has always been my weakest club in terms of consistency and I have recently come to a low point where something needs to change. I've tried all sorts of drivers over the years (looking for a quick fix) - even no driver for a while! However I really want to have more confidence off the tee and I don't want to avoid playing a driver anymore.

    If I'm honest with myself I would be lucky to hit 3-4 fairways a round on average (most of those with my 4 wood) and I can't remember the last time I hit 50% of fairways in single round. My home course pretty severely punishes you for missing fairways which is killing my handicap as generally my irons and short game are much better than my current 17.6 cap would suggest. My previous low of 11 was when I was a member of a more open course (less trees) which did not punish my errant tee shots.

    Therefore I am setting a short term goal over the next 3 months to vastly improve my game off the tee and particularly improve my driver. I feel that even if I could average 50% fairways off the tee I would likely shave 4-5 shots off my cap by virtue of less recovery shots per round.

    My current assessment of why I am poor off the tee:
    1. Swing Tendancies
    I tend to get quite far inside on my backswing and then flip it at impact (not good for consistency when hitting a driver). I think I get away with it with my irons but it shows more in my driving. I do try to counteract this with a wider takeaway and smoother transition but old habits return fast.

    2. Confidence
    As with anything if you suck at it for a long period of time you lose confidence leading to even worse performance. This has led to quite a bit of anxiety off the tee. I feel much more settled on second shots. I need to turn this around.

    I do have a coach who I will see to make some technical swing changes and to work on the mental aspects but I'm not looking to rebuild my swing from the ground up either. This post is more for me to track my journey and keep me accountable to progress. I'll keep my fairway stats for each round moving forward so I can track the progress and report back.

    I wondered if anyone has been in a similar situation and turned their driving around to make it a strength of their game? If so what what worked for you?
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    Driver: Ping Anser 10.5 w Fujikura Blur R
    4 Wood: Ping G10 17* w UST Proforce V2 S
    3 hybrid: Adams Idea Pro
    4 hybrid: Adams Idea Tech V3
    Irons
    : Cleveland 588 CB/MB Irons 5-PW w S300
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 50-08*, Red Saw 56-11, SM6 58-10*
    Putter: Rife Switchback 35 inch


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    Titleist Tour Model blades 3-PW

    3-PW Adams Idea Pro CB3 Black w KBS Tour 90 R
    Cubic Balance 2-P blades

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecollective View Post
    D-type M4 $329 less 15%, perfect for you


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    Voice inside the head is still dominating the do it, don't do it argument re: not spending money on Golf Clubs but it is quite tempting.
    Under$100 Jetspeed is still going well for the limited amount I play.
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    That shorter backswing is something I find helps too. Sometimes I can see the club head in the corner of my left eye and often the shot ends up being inaccurate. On the next tee I make a point of reducing it and most times it goes pretty straight. I'm working on trying to do this every time now, which was probably behind my better driving last weekend. Playing again Sunday so I'll try to do this again and see how I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecollective View Post
    D-type M4 $329 less 15%, perfect for you


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    Checked the site today and only Lefty available.
    Hit Them Well or Hit Them Often

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchman View Post
    Checked the site today and only Lefty available.
    I’ve got a 10.5* D type M4 right handed
    Taylormade M1 16' 430 10.5* Attas G7s
    Taylormade M1 17' 460 10.5* Rogue 125msi 60s
    Callaway Epic Sub Zero 9* Rogue 125msi 60x
    Titleist 917 D2 9.5* Rogue 125msi 70s
    Cobra King LTD AD MT 7s
    Taylormade M2 15* Speeder Pro 73s
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    So I played a quick 9 holes today at Thaxted focusing on those things noted in my lesson. Result was 4 of 7 fairways and more importantly 6 of 7 effective drives. I don't think I have ever hit this many fairways in 9 holes at Thaxted so definitely some encouraging signs.
    WITB
    Driver: Ping Anser 10.5 w Fujikura Blur R
    4 Wood: Ping G10 17* w UST Proforce V2 S
    3 hybrid: Adams Idea Pro
    4 hybrid: Adams Idea Tech V3
    Irons
    : Cleveland 588 CB/MB Irons 5-PW w S300
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 50-08*, Red Saw 56-11, SM6 58-10*
    Putter: Rife Switchback 35 inch


    Bench
    Titleist 907D2 w UST Proforce V2 76 gram S
    Titleist Tour Model blades 3-PW

    3-PW Adams Idea Pro CB3 Black w KBS Tour 90 R
    Cubic Balance 2-P blades

    For Sale:
    Rife Rival RFX 35 inch








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    Nice one. I focused on trying to reduce the backswing today and it worked a treat. I only hit 3 fairways but other than a hook left on the first of the day they all went more or less straight (a few ran out of fairway) and were all in a position that allowed a normal second shot. Also hit my longest drive to date at 271m. Maybe I should try this approach with all the other clubs as well and see if I get any improvement in striking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flavzz View Post
    So I played a quick 9 holes today at Thaxted focusing on those things noted in my lesson. Result was 4 of 7 fairways and more importantly 6 of 7 effective drives. I don't think I have ever hit this many fairways in 9 holes at Thaxted so definitely some encouraging signs.
    That's because I wasn't there lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nadg63 View Post
    That's because I wasn't there lol
    Don't worry I still missed the first fairway as usual 😅
    WITB
    Driver: Ping Anser 10.5 w Fujikura Blur R
    4 Wood: Ping G10 17* w UST Proforce V2 S
    3 hybrid: Adams Idea Pro
    4 hybrid: Adams Idea Tech V3
    Irons
    : Cleveland 588 CB/MB Irons 5-PW w S300
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 50-08*, Red Saw 56-11, SM6 58-10*
    Putter: Rife Switchback 35 inch


    Bench
    Titleist 907D2 w UST Proforce V2 76 gram S
    Titleist Tour Model blades 3-PW

    3-PW Adams Idea Pro CB3 Black w KBS Tour 90 R
    Cubic Balance 2-P blades

    For Sale:
    Rife Rival RFX 35 inch









 

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