OK so I'm still smarting from a disastrous round last weekend. I've thought about what went wrong with my driver and I hit some drives on the range at Torrey Pines trying to figure it out. Progress in understanding was made, or so I think at the moment.
Facts: in said horrific round (worst in many years), only 2 or 3 fairways were hit, almost all misses being to the right (right hander, medium-to-strong fades, initial trajectory OK) and a couple of pulls. No push-slices or hooks, which is something at least. I knew at the time that I was rushing the swing, which I sometimes do if under pressure (first time playing a difficult course etc etc). I tried to slow down on the third tee and it helped a bit but not much.
I'm thinking that the main issue was failure to make a FULL turn of the shoulders on the backswing. It's been a chronic problem esp. with driver (never an issue with short irons I think), my instructor has had me working on it. I rush the backswing and don't give myself time to make the proper hip bump/turn and don't get into the slot. Results in a bit of an outside-to-in swing plane I'm thinking.
What happens with me is, if I make only a 3/4 shoulder turn, I try to compensate by ungripping the club a bit near the top so that the shaft drops further down that it should given the left arm angle - sometimes I even see the clubhead out of my left eye at the very top, a sure sign of the problem. When I'm hitting consistent, well-controlled drives, I make a fuller shoulder turn and feel that the angle between the driver shaft and my left arm is stable as I get to the top, i.e. it doesn't decrease. Then I'm not ungripping and regripping, which does nasty things to drive consistency.
1) does this make any sense to all you consistent drivers out there?
2) have others experience this problem, and if so, how did you overcome it? You'd think it would be fairly easy - just don't let it break down at the top, turn those shoulders more and keep it simple. Yet I'm still having trouble and it really can mess up a whole round of golf.
3) what other bad things can result from failure to make a full shoulder turn?
Any and all thoughts appreciated.