I'm scared of my driver
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a. Get a lessons
b. Until you're comfortable with it, don't carry the driver......use a 3 wood, hybrid, or long iron, whatever you play best off the tee.
c. Don't feel bad. The driver is a difficult club to master. A lot of golfers would be better served in the long run to leave it at home.
d. Welcome to the forum!
As DiF said, the driver is hard. You could write volumes on this club, but to sum it up: the driver is very very sensitive to timing and position (body + club). No lunging, twitching, swaying, or coming up out of it are tolerated by the driver.
I agree - leave it home until your swing progresses some, and then bring it out to the range a little at a time.
Pretty much the same just longer swing. When I'm not "feeling" the driver I use 5 iron off the tee.
If I'm having driver problems I'll either pull the 3 wood or do the following.
Choke down on the club about an inch. Remember to adjust your distance from the ball.
Check the face of the club, if you keep it clean you can usually see where you're striking the ball. It might just be a matter of adjusting your stance in relation to the ball.
Make a mental note of how you're starting your backswing. Often I'll be starting the clubhead off on an inside or outside line and I don't even realize it. This obviously winds up in the ball either hooking or slicing when I don't want it to. If I make a couple of practice swings and paying attention to how I'm starting the club back on the start of the backswing will often fix my problems.
Try compacting your swing and swing at 80-90% instead of full speed. Some days my body just can't get synced up with the driver. I can still get good distance by merely slowing down.
Remember, due to the rather flat angle of driver face, side spin created at impact results in bad consequences more than more lofted clubs.
I know what you mean, first 18 holes since November the other day and I hit a single drive...the 3h was used from then on!
Agree with most of what has been said previously except the driver swing is not the same as the rest of the bag. For irons and wedges you are looking to hit down on the ball, whilst for the driver you want to hit it on the up...so shift your weight to your right foot a little bit (if you are right handed).