Answer to below: Chris, for a full driver impacting a ball producing the
distance of an 8 iron, there is only ONE explanation. You are NOT striking
the ball with perfect impact --i.e., you are hitting off center where the
effective mass of the club is a LOT less than its full weight. mv before
collision = mv after collision, so if the v is greater with the driver on
well hit shots, the m is less than its optimum, obviously, on these bad
Most mishits with drivers are on the toe. Most of these are for the reason
that the natural turnaway of the left shoulder due to the mechanics of the
forward swing means that during the downswing the club passes "closer to
your feet" than where your extended left arm placed your clubhead at setup.
Try the following protocol the next time you practice:
Set yourself up to an imaginary ball, with your usual setup for a drive.
But instead of teeing the ball there, put your teed ball 1 1/2" closer to
your feet than where the imaginary ball is located. Then swing away.
(Fuzzy Zoeller's measurement is closer to 5 inches than 1 1/2.)
I will be very surprised if this is not the reason for your problem.
If you have access to John Daly's book "Grip It And Rip It", read page 23.
He does it, DL III does it, Fuzzy does it, and tons of players do it. It's
something that occurs naturally for many simply because a teed ball is
closer to your left shoulder than the ground under it... In other words, the
tee automatically puts the ball closer to your left shoulder than where a
clubhead sits on the ground beside it.
> when I'm accustomed to breaking 80 more often than not. The main
> problem seems to be getting off the tee. I cannot hit any of my woods
> to save my life. But I'm killing my irons, getting better distance and
> about the same accuracy than I ever have. These are the same woods
> I've been playing most of the summer (Big Bertha 3+, 4, 7). I hit them
> all about 150 yards carry, and get 30 - 50 yards roll. For reference,
> I get 150 yards carry with a well struck 8 iron. At the range today, I
> was hitting my 7-iron (carry and roll) longer than any of my woods.
> Does anyone have any suggestions to help get my woods going again? I'm
> Chris Fairchild
> Go O's!!!!
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