I have recently been experiencing a pretty severe block/fade to the right with my longer clubs. I started the game as a pull slicer, and have worked pretty hard over the winter and into the spring on getting my clubpath more 'down the line' than my natural outside to in. I was able to correct the slice with lessons mostly dealing with positions and alignment and was hitting balls straight but with a slight pull. I have recently started hitting my short/mid irons (up to the 5) really well, with a higher tradjectory and beanpole straight. But I have been experiencing a 'creeping' push/fade, especially with the driver. I start out the round/session hitting nice straight and high drives and then it slowly transforms into a fade...then a push fade...then a push slice. Can't seem to get it under control. The more tired I get the worse it gets. Any thoughts or drills would be greatly appreciated
Please help! Drillz to help improve Release with the longer clubs...
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I know what causes these ball flights...i'm just wondering if anyone has any 'feel' drills...I have been working on the parallel to parallel drill to promote a proper release. There are two bad habits that have been cropping up during rounds, that others have observed. One is when I am transitioning to the downswing; I have a tendancy to lean out to the ball a bit causing me to hit off the heel a bit(i've seen this one on video, my hips actually move closer to the ball, weight out on the toes and I usually lift to try and create space). And the other is I get a little slidey with my hips, a soft left side; from here I either hit a pop up or a block.
A drill I hope can help you. Right now, without looking at your swing, it sounds like you're trying to put too much power on the swing, causing a hip slide.
One drill I like doing is having the shaft parallel to mimic the downswing coming near the release to impact. Your weight should still be somewhat balanced, slightly favoring inside of the right foot (for RH players). Keep in mind not to put too much weight to the right where you're shifting or sliding too much behind the ball. Everything should feel somewhat balanced. From there, make the best swing you can to a full follow through. Don't worry about how far you hit it but more on just hitting it as straight as possible. Focus on turning the hips and torso through the impact and not sliding. Its a very simple turn of hips and body, like closing a door. Know that your target is to reach a full follow through, with a finish with your hands above your head or so. Your weight will shift to the left foot. Work on feeling for the weight transfer but not allowing your hips to slide forward.
Biggest key to the drill is not try to hit it hard as your body will initially try to since you will feel you are left with no back swing. When you do, your hips will slide and everything will just be off balanced.
Try to feel for the hip turn and just how subtle it is.
Once you got that down, from that same starting position, you can start taking the club back slightly, about 6-10 inches to give you more momentum coming through impact. Good luck with it.
Thanks for the tips Stuffs, I will put some work in on this over the weekend...I think this will help keep me balanced throughout the swing...and you are correct on the me swinging too hard, this is something I have been trying to tone down, but seem to amp back up every time I'm on the course.
That's good. Because I was just about to suggest going with a shorter driver. Stock lengths are too long for 90% of golfers out there. Well, keep doing what you're doing and work on that driver swing. Give yourself mental notes on swinging smooth and not hard. Golf is funny like that, the lower your handicap is, the more mental it becomes.
Its funny because I had a terrible time with my driver today. My problem lately has been pulled shots. Its frustrating.