I've been playing golf "seriously" for about a year, and I have always struggled with my driver. Its the worst part of my game. I've always been pretty good with my 3 wood off the deck. Today, I popped my driver up on hole 6 about 140 yards and right, then hit a 3 wood about 215 off the deck to the rough on the right side of the green (i love my 3 wood). I was so frustrated, I decided to try hitting my driver like my off the deck 3 wood.
I tee'd up low (a small sliver of the ball was sticking up above the driverhead)
Moved the ball very forward in my stance - probably middle of my left foot
Exaggerated my forward hip slide to make sure I hit the ball first
Took a few practice swings with a very small, brushed divot about 3 inches in front of the ball
Extremely loose hands on the grip - just like my 3 wood off the deck
No weight shift backwards like my 3 wood off the deck.
Then swung, hit down on the ball, and hit two of the best drives I have ever hit in my life (hole 8, a 365 yard par 4 I was around the 100 yard marker, and hole 9 a par 5 I hit it past a bunker I've never hit it past, maybe 240) and both were straight. My friends were like "oh my god dude". After the 9, I went to the range, and was just killing the ball. I felt free to swing really hard and didn't feel like I would slice at all. There were a ones where the ball moved right to left out to the left side (overdraw), but nothing horrible, and I picked up 20 yards probably, maybe more.
So, a few questions:
Every lesson I've ever had I've been taught to sweep with the driver. Is this correct? Everyone says you want to hit up on it. Considering that, is it "Better" for me to do it the "right way" - which I've struggled with - or to maybe game this for a while? Whenever I try to focus on "sweeping" I either slice or pop up.
I took my 3 wood stance, with my toes out to the sides a bit on both feet. I've always been taught with driver to have your front foot flared out and your back foot straight ot the target line. Is there a "correct" way?
I've always been taught that "getting my weight behind" my driver is how to get more distance than the distanceI usually hit it. Am I losing potential distance this way (by losing the weight shift and making it more like a 3 wood)? I know I am gaining it, but I am concerned stopping to work on my weight shift will hurt me long term.
Are there any pros or anyone who hits driver like this I could maybe watch to get some tips? Low and forward tee, downward strike?
I'm really excited about what this might be able to do for my game, but I'm worried that I am hurting my improvement by doing something that works well now but might not be sound fundamentals.