There's no secret about it, my driving the past year has sucked. Lessons, practice, techniques, etc. and nothing has helped. I was at the range today after work and there was an elderly gentleman there, probably 80 years old and he was watching me, but not saying anything. He realized quickly that I was having problems with the driver and fairway woods, and could tell I was trying a few different things, but having no luck and getting irritated, so he asked if I would take a couple words of advice.
I told him that I was open to anything, because I either hit the ball very low (10ft or so) and straight, or if I tried to get the ball in the air, I would get a big banana slice. This has been my typical problem for the past year.
After all these lessons, this old guy gave me one thing and I was instantly hitting the ball high and straight, with just a touch of fade and if I closed my stance, I could actually get a nice draw. I am super surprised that after all the lessons and things that I've read, I've never been taught or heard this before:
My setup was good. I have been working on it hard with my old instructor to insure a consistent setup. The one thing the old guy told me was not to ground my club behind the ball before setup. Hover it over the ball before I take my step to the right. Then he placed a tee in the center of my chest-line and pushed it all the way into the ground. Told me that if I was going to ground my club, ground it at that tee and not at the ball. So the club ended up grounded about 4" behind the ball. He had me stare at that tee instead of the ball throughout my swing. I immediately started hitting better drives.
He had observed (mind you that I have never been told this before), that I was shifting my center way too far forward on the downswing, which was moving the bottom of my swing forward so much that I was actually hitting down on the ball pretty drastically.
So by just concentrating on keeping the bottom of my swing behind the ball instead of concentrating on the ball with the driver, I was able to overcome a huge swing fault. Now I just have to be able to do it without the marker in the ground and make it more natural so that I may actually be able to hit a driver again and start scoring again.