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Hitting my driver too high - can someone please advise me

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I am somewhat frustrated with my ball flight, as I hit the ball too high with the driver and it's not a very piercing ball flight. The good thing is that my ball flight is straight and consistent but just can't seem to hit the ball with a good penetrating flight that goes a fair distance. Currently, I'm playing a Titleist 910 D2 Driver (9.5 degree). The shaft is a Mitsubishi Rayon Mid-High 61g driver. My ball basically carries 200 yards and depending on conditions rolls another 10-20. My swing speed with my driver is 95mph. Can someone please advise what could be causing this? I was told a number of things. One was that my shaft promotes higher ball flight but I'm not sure. The ball starts off high and just drops, rather than a piercing flight low that gains trajectory. Please advise on what I can change.

Thank you!

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I am somewhat frustrated with my ball flight, as I hit the ball too high with the driver and it's not a very piercing ball flight. The good thing is that my ball flight is straight and consistent but just can't seem to hit the ball with a good penetrating flight that goes a fair distance. Currently, I'm playing a Titleist 910 D2 Driver (9.5 degree). The shaft is a Mitsubishi Rayon Mid-High 61g driver. My ball basically carries 200 yards and depending on conditions rolls another 10-20. My swing speed with my driver is 95mph. Can someone please advise what could be causing this? I was told a number of things. One was that my shaft promotes higher ball flight but I'm not sure. The ball starts off high and just drops, rather than a piercing flight low that gains trajectory. Please advise on what I can change.

Thank you!

At 95mph you should be able to carry way more than 200 easily with relatively center face contact and straight ball flight.  Where are you hitting it on the face?  The numbers you are posting do not add up otherwise.  I swing in the 95-99 range and my longest drives this year were my highest ones.  The shaft could be a problem but there is no way it is causing you to hit it 200 yards straight with 95mph and relatively center contact.

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Where on the face are you making contact? Mid? Top?

Have you adjusted loft? You can get that down a bit with adjustment.

Where is your ball position relative to lead foot? Have you tried moving it back about an inch?

Any launch monitor numbers to share? If not, are you guessing the high ball is due to spin as opposed to launch?

I'm no club-fitter but I believe that with a 95 MPH SS, high will result in more distance. Ballooning is bad. But high is good even if you are getting less rollout than you think you should get.

You shaft may make for a higher than desired flight. Even you ball could be the culprit. Test with a low spin ball that fits your 95 MPH swing -- like the E6 -- and see if that brings the flight down.

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I am no shaft expert, but that sounds like a likely culprit.  I use a RIP Phenom 50 that is listed as a "Mid High" shaft specifically to help me get more altitude.  Other than the shaft, you might look at your setup, lower tee, move the ball back in the stance a bit.  If you have a decent Titleist fitter in your area they should be able to sort it out for you in pretty short order if it is the shaft.

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you may be catching the top edge of the club face and popping them up.

are you swinging down. i go between swinging down and up on drives. down promotes better accuracy for me and up generally more distance. however every so often while i swing down ill hit the top edge of the face and pop the ball super high, straight and 150-200 meters; compared to a solid 250+ meter carry when i connect solid.

generally its a transition error going from one swing to the other for me and teeing to high on the down swing sometimes too

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When you got the swing speed numbers did them mention spin.  I have your SS and hit a very high ball but my spin is about 2500 rpm.

You should be in the 240 to 260 range.

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Something bad is happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear....

At 95 mph, those balls must be "to the MOON, Alice, to the MOON!"

Unless you post a video, I suggest you get a lesson. No one will have your answer.

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Have we lost the OPer?

Lots of questions hanging in order to help. The OP is 7 handicap All of us would expect a pretty good ball contact and therefore more distance.

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I would like to know as well. Just picked up the RBZ stage 2. I think I have it set to 7.5 degrees but Id like it to go a little lower. I hit the club at about the bottom of the arc so currently its spinning a little more than I'm used to but feel if I swing up on it it will still go high.

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I used to have the same problem.  The issue is angle of attack (it is too much of a descending blow).  The solution is somewhat counterintuitive, but I guarantee it will add tons of carry distance.

I'm going to go ahead and guess you currently set up with your ball position inside of your left (forward) heel.  Also your ball is probably teed up no more than 1/2 a diameter above the top of the driver face and probably lower.  Try lining up your ball position directly in front of your left toe (more forward) and tee it a little higher, like 2/3rds of a diameter above the top of the club face.  This will naturally promote more of an upward angle of attack but you can "help" it a little more by using more of a weight transfer by starting the swing with more weight biased to the back foot.  The ball flight will appear just as high as before but will carry forever, I promise.

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I am somewhat frustrated with my ball flight, as I hit the ball too high with the driver and it's not a very piercing ball flight. The good thing is that my ball flight is straight and consistent but just can't seem to hit the ball with a good penetrating flight that goes a fair distance. Currently, I'm playing a Titleist 910 D2 Driver (9.5 degree). The shaft is a Mitsubishi Rayon Mid-High 61g driver. My ball basically carries 200 yards and depending on conditions rolls another 10-20. My swing speed with my driver is 95mph. Can someone please advise what could be causing this? I was told a number of things. One was that my shaft promotes higher ball flight but I'm not sure. The ball starts off high and just drops, rather than a piercing flight low that gains trajectory. Please advise on what I can change.

Thank you!

I have a 910 D2 with a Mitsubishi 'Ahina shaft, and my flight isn't high. My best guess is, your hitting down on the ball and popping it up.

Try to shallow out the golf club path, and hit up on the ball. If you get the launch angle up for hitting up, and lower that spin rate, you should be able to get near 225-230 yards.
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Does anyone know how to a just the loft on an RBZ without opening the face. And what each notch means? I need less loft and more left
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Not sure you can unless it allows you to change lie as well, that's why titleist is a dual adjustment, unless Taylormade adjust lie with out telling you. Cause opening adds loft, no way around that, the lie axis needs to be adjusted to keep a square setup.
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I thought they were saying opening face takes away loft . I don't really understand it My phone won't add a picture but the sleeve goes standard, then 3 ticks right is -1.5, then 3 more ticks and it says upright lie, then 3 more it says +1.5, then 3 more and it's back to standard. If I switch it all the way low, almost to upright, will that be the lowest I may just get a new shaft
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Nothing to do with the shaft, you'll have the same hosel sure fit device on the new shaft.
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Nothing to do with the shaft, you'll have the same hosel sure fit device on the new shaft.

Couldn't I get one with a stiffer tip like the rip alpha or phenom?

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Yeah, it won't change the loft or lie settings that you can set. It might lower the launch and spin though. Just go get fitted for a driver.
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Yeah, it won't change the loft or lie settings that you can set. It might lower the launch and spin though. Just go get fitted for a driver.

Right, prefferably id like to have it set to neutral. And I don't have the money to buy new drivers

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