: > 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
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.