Hitting Woods vs Metal Woods

Hitting Woods vs Metal Woods

Post by Tom Co » Sun, 15 May 1994 03:23:21


 Having not played for over nine years I recently started practicing
 again found out that what used to be my best shot is no longer. I used
 to hit my driver straight and long and now I am back to a fade/slice.
 I know that I am starting over and it will take time to get it back.
 My question is: do most of you find Metal drivers easier to hit straight
 than the real wooden drivers?

 On another subject, I seem to hit all my irons on or near the hosel
 when I take a full swing. Any suggestions on practice I use to try to
 correct this? Yes, it seems on my old wood driver the heel is also
 all beat up even though I used to hit it very well.

 
 
 

Hitting Woods vs Metal Woods

Post by Thomas McCormi » Wed, 18 May 1994 04:01:11


: > Having not played for over nine years I recently started practicing
: > again found out that what used to be my best shot is no longer. I used
: > to hit my driver straight and long and now I am back to a fade/slice.
: > I know that I am starting over and it will take time to get it back.
: > My question is: do most of you find Metal drivers easier to hit straight
: > than the real wooden drivers?
: >
: > On another subject, I seem to hit all my irons on or near the hosel
: > when I take a full swing. Any suggestions on practice I use to try to
: > correct this? Yes, it seems on my old wood driver the heel is also
: > all beat up even though I used to hit it very well.

Metal woods do not a good swing make.  They do posess the quality of turning
a toe'd drive into a respectible one, however.

The great thing about wood woods is that if you do knock one off of the
heel, the *gear effect* slices it back into the fairway and vise/versa
for hitting on the toe.

*Socketing* or *Shanking* an dhitting on the heel of your driver indicate
the same problem:  either too flat of a swing, or standing too close to
the ball.  I will assume it's the first one.  The cure is to make sure you
take the club straight back along the target line, not inside, and delay
your wrist*** so that when your hands reach your right hip, your clubface
is pointing straight up in the air, and your clubshaft is parallel to the
ground.  Then at the top of the backswing, make sure your left wrist bends
upward toward your forearm slightly and your thumbs are directly under the
shaft.

If you are not doing any of the above, you might just be topping it, but it
only feels like a shank.  Make sure that divot points toward your target.
Make sure you maintain a slight bend in your right knee at the top of your
backswing.  Keep your eyes focused on the back of the ball.

 
 
 

Hitting Woods vs Metal Woods

Post by Eric Ra » Wed, 18 May 1994 21:06:29


  TC> Controls Date: Fri, 13 May 1994 18:23:21 GMT
  TC>
  TC> Having not played for over nine years I recently started practicing
  TC> again found out that what used to be my best shot is no longer. I used
  TC> to hit my driver straight and long and now I am back to a fade/slice.
  TC> I know that I am starting over and it will take time to get it back.
  TC> My question is: do most of you find Metal drivers easier to hit
  TC> straight than the real wooden drivers?
  TC>
  TC> On another subject, I seem to hit all my irons on or near the hosel
  TC> when I take a full swing. Any suggestions on practice I use to try to
  TC> correct this? Yes, it seems on my old wood driver the heel is also all
  TC> beat up even though I used to hit it very well.

I have a tendency to s-word my short irons. It is like I tend to creep up on
the ball over time. Whenever I find myself getting to close, I make a extra
effort to address the ball off the toe of my club, rather than the sweet spot.
It usually requires that I step back about an inch. Of course, with time I stop
doing it and creep back up on the ball. I usually find tis out when my next
shot is from the right of the green about the same yardage as my last.

 
 
 

Hitting Woods vs Metal Woods

Post by Steve Adams » Tue, 17 May 1994 21:32:21


Quote:

>  Having not played for over nine years I recently started practicing
>  again found out that what used to be my best shot is no longer. I used
>  to hit my driver straight and long and now I am back to a fade/slice.
>  I know that I am starting over and it will take time to get it back.
>  My question is: do most of you find Metal drivers easier to hit straight
>  than the real wooden drivers?

I was going to buy a Big Bertha metal driver last year, but when I
practiced with it I didn't like it.  I ended up buying a Homna persimmon
driver that I really like.

Quote:
>  On another subject, I seem to hit all my irons on or near the hosel
>  when I take a full swing. Any suggestions on practice I use to try to
>  correct this? Yes, it seems on my old wood driver the heel is also
>  all beat up even though I used to hit it very well.

I had the same problem.  THe drill my Instructor gave me is to put two
balls about two apart.  Line them up so one is close to you the other is
further out (in a straight line).  Line up with the ball that is closest to
you.  Take a normal swing.  If you hit both balls you are swinging outside
your normal swing path.  You will soon figure out that you will have to
keep your arms in closer to your body as you make contact.  THis will
eliminate the shank right away.

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