As stupid as it sounds, I find that I do not always end up setting up correctly. By this I mean that I do not match the face of the club to exactly where I want to go with it. I have lately started taking more time and making sure that the swing path and the face of my club is set up where I want it to be instead of just the "general direction". I know this sounds really dumb but I guess I play really fast as do my regular playing partners and over time I've realized that I should take some more time before the shot to make sure that things are aligned the way I want.
Too many times myself and my regular playing partners get into a rhythm and get too quick and not put enough time and focus into set up before the shot. I guess for a while this was not an issue with me because I was not precise enough for this to be that much of an issue, especially when factoring what kind of lie I had and how I wanted to shape the ball......now that I have more control than I did before and am able to shape some shots and such, just quickly lining things up and hoping to hit it straight is not good enough, I need to take just a bit more time to make sure that I can execute on the shot I want to hit.
In other news, I purchased a new golf club. I ordered the TM Mini Driver and it arrived last night. I plan to replace my current 3 wood with the mini. Previously I was hitting my 3W okay but not as good as I probably should off the tee as I only hit a few tee shots per round with it. I also don't use it that much off the deck. I liked the sound of having a 260cc wood instead of my 3W which was only like 170cc or something. Anyways, it arrived yesterday and I went to the range last night. I've purchased many golf clubs in my day and this mini driver was by far and away the best club I've ever first hit with. I had immediate control and could shape shots right, left, and straight. What amazed me the most was the distance that I was getting. It was almost as long as my driver. I did not do measurements but I'd say that on average there is maybe a 10-15 yard difference if that and sometimes I was hitting the mini just as far as my driver (my average drive is between 240-250).
While the mini is not adjustable, I am not upset by this at all. As long as I continue to hit the way I did last night then I'm very pleased with it as it is so much easier to control versus my driver. I drive the ball pretty well too, as my FIR for the YTD is almost 66.7%. It's just that sometimes I end up in situations where I HAD to be in the fairway and instead I was just in the rough and that totally changes the hole. It's too early for me to do a review of the mini but I will do one after I get a few rounds in.