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post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post

 

I'd hit about 20 drives setting up with the right foot banked and keep it banked.  Then make some full swings and see how it changes.

 

 

 

 

Gotta disagree those are your big issues a2_wink.gif

 

 

What is the right foot banking drill intended to fix/accomplish?

post #20 of 29
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What is the right foot banking drill intended to fix/accomplish?

 

Help keeps the path outward and raise the handle.  If you're slicing it there is a good chance you're dumping those wrist angles too soon, maybe the elbows are pulling apart, creating a path too far to the left.  When the right heel rises off the ground too early, the right knee over flexes, hips stop going forward, pressure moves to the left heel, wrist angles release too soon, so the swing direction can start rotating too far the left.  

 

Here's another instructor doing something very similar

 

post #21 of 29
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UPDATE:

 

I finally remembered to bring my old driver with me when I played this morning.  I know it's not cool to blame the equipment, but . . . I blame the equipment.  I hit 3 out of 6 fairways (obviously I'd prefer 6 of 6, but it's a 100% improvement).  I also gained probably 20-30 yards, as the ones I put in the fairway were back up to around 260, as opposed to the 230 - 240 I was getting with the R11s when I did somehow manage to put the ball in play. 

 

So now, what should I do? Am I stuck with a $330 driver I can't use?  If it's the shaft that's the problem (which is what I'm hoping), how do I go about figuring out shaft I need, aside from bringing in my old driver and asking for the closet match to that? 
 

post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post

Help keeps the path outward and raise the handle.  If you're slicing it there is a good chance you're dumping those wrist angles too soon, maybe the elbows are pulling apart, creating a path too far to the left.  When the right heel rises off the ground too early, the right knee over flexes, hips stop going forward, pressure moves to the left heel, wrist angles release too soon, so the swing direction can start rotating too far the left.

 

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post #23 of 29
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UPDATE:

 

I finally remembered to bring my old driver with me when I played this morning.  I know it's not cool to blame the equipment, but . . . I blame the equipment.  I hit 3 out of 6 fairways (obviously I'd prefer 6 of 6, but it's a 100% improvement).  I also gained probably 20-30 yards, as the ones I put in the fairway were back up to around 260, as opposed to the 230 - 240 I was getting with the R11s when I did somehow manage to put the ball in play. 

 

So now, what should I do? Am I stuck with a $330 driver I can't use?  If it's the shaft that's the problem (which is what I'm hoping), how do I go about figuring out shaft I need, aside from bringing in my old driver and asking for the closet match to that? 
 

 

What do you do now? stay in the fairway with your 260 and shoot better  numbers.

 

Am i stuck with a 330 driver i can't use? no sell it for 50 cent on the dollar and forget about it. losing 115 is a cheap lesson, be glad you didn't buy an iron set!!

post #24 of 29

A new driver completely screwed up my brain and translated into poor ball flight. Getting back to the basics that made the other driver work. I had to the same. I "thought" I had my drive down and when I got the new one I started swinging out of my shoes because when I did the swing right it would kill the distance of my old driver. I forgot the "easy swing". GET BACK TO BASICS! ;)

post #25 of 29

 

Pretty sure that's positive a3_biggrin.gif

 

I just filmed a video yesterday that I'll put together soon.  Setting up with the rear foot banked and making 3/4 long arc swings with the driver.  Long arc meaning that the wrist were uncocked (or close to it) into the followthrough.   Carrying the ball 100-120 yards, every ball drew. Really great drill to exaggerate the "stretch" into the followthrough to get the handle raising.

post #26 of 29
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Pretty sure that's positive a3_biggrin.gif

 

I just filmed a video yesterday that I'll put together soon.  Setting up with the rear foot banked and making 3/4 long arc swings with the driver.  Long arc meaning that the wrist were uncocked (or close to it) into the followthrough.   Carrying the ball 100-120 yards, every ball drew. Really great drill to exaggerate the "stretch" into the followthrough to get the handle raising.


this may be a dumb question, but can you explain what you mean by "get the handle raising" and its significance?

post #27 of 29
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Pretty sure that's positive a3_biggrin.gif

 

 

lol, yes it is...

 

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Originally Posted by SoundandFury View Post

this may be a dumb question, but can you explain what you mean by "get the handle raising" and its significance?

 

not a dumb question.  this would mean that your path is on a more in to out direction.  raise the handle a bit and push it a little forward at address.  youll find that this can help to promote a better in to out path.

post #28 of 29
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this may be a dumb question, but can you explain what you mean by "get the handle raising" and its significance?

 

Did you watch that video?  He's demonstrating raising the handle when he says "arms straight".  There is a good chance you're doing similar things to the student Joe is talking about.

 

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not a dumb question.  this would mean that your path is on a more in to out direction.  raise the handle a bit and push it a little forward at address.  youll find that this can help to promote a better in to out path.

 
Exactly, also the feeling and act of "raising the handle" into the followthrough shallows the angle of attack because it gets the club out of the ground.  It can also help lessen the rate of closure.  So the AoA is more shallow and the club face has a better chance of not being pointed so far to the left at impact, higher ball flight with more of a outward path.  Having the hands swing down and to the left or the elbows flexing rotates the path across the ball.  Also with the weight back you can thrust, can't raise the handle.  
 
Think of it this way.  Lets's say you had to throw a sandbag over a 10ft wall in front of you, would you just swing left with the weight back?  Or would you get the weight forward, press into the ground and stretch into the followthrough.  Raising the handle is a feel to help that, literally feeling the handle (butt end of the club) go up.
 
I typed "high handicap golfer" into youtube and that's the dude on the left.  Also notice how narrow the followthrough arc is, distance between his hands and body.  The golfers on the right are much wider.  Again what motion would work best for tossing that sand bag?  Dude on the left ain't making it over the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #29 of 29

Check your setup. Almost every time I start doing something crappy out of the blue it's because I somehow snuck closer to the ball or something. I've noticed that if I play a hole that has a tee box not square to the fairway i'm trying to hit it'll screw with my alignment if i'm not careful. Then i'll make knee jerk reactions and throw away everything I was doing well in an attempt to fix something that wasn't that wrong.

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