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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Driving has always been a better part of my game.  However, lately I have been fading and slicing it.  But I have found a temporary fix by playing the ball all the way forward off my toes!  Before the ball was opposite my heel.  Has anyone got an idea what has happened here please and how I might go back to my old ways?

 

Bri

post #2 of 14

I fought with the same issue and never found consistency.  I took lessons this year and I worked on a concept of "hanging back" in the downswing.  What I actually found wasnt so much the feeling of hanging back in the downswing, but tilting a bit more away from the ball in the setup position.  I would advise trying putting the ball back where you previously had it on the heel of your foot, and on your setup tilting from the waist up only, with your head about 6 inches behind the ball, and maintaining that position thru impact.  It took me about a month to get comfortable with this position because man oh man did it feel weird, but my results have been fascinating to say the least. 

 

I stopped slicing all together and I only pull the shot left if I swing too fast, but about 60-70% of the time, the ball goes in the general direction I was aiming.  The illustration of adam scott illustrates what im talking about.  Hope that helps...

 

http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/2013-06/gwar-adam-scott-instruction-0603
 

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by bigbri View Post

Driving has always been a better part of my game.  However, lately I have been fading and slicing it.  But I have found a temporary fix by playing the ball all the way forward off my toes!  Before the ball was opposite my heel.  Has anyone got an idea what has happened here please and how I might go back to my old ways?

 

Bri

I took a lesson from Paul Holtby who won Big Break IV in Ireland. He told me that with the new drivers, it's now new to tee up the ball higher and off your toe. The reason is because shafts are longer these days and you have to account for a longer shaft by moving the ball further up towards the toes instead of the heel. Now, if you play with an older driver then off the heel is correct.

post #4 of 14

I always found ball off the toe lead to a slice and ball position in relation to the heel leads to hook for my swing.

I don't position the ball off the feet normally its off the upper torso, usually off the sternum.

Unless I try to an intentional slice or hook, then I position the ball just in front of the left toe or just in front on the left heel respectively.

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by bigbri View Post

Driving has always been a better part of my game.  However, lately I have been fading and slicing it.  But I have found a temporary fix by playing the ball all the way forward off my toes!  Before the ball was opposite my heel.  Has anyone got an idea what has happened here please and how I might go back to my old ways?

 

Bri

 

http://thesandtrap.com/t/44307/hitting-up-or-down-with-the-driver-in-an-inline-pattern

post #6 of 14
Just look at the shot you want to make, get comfortable, and execute. Deal with the result.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input everyone.  I am studying the info now.

Bri

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Truegolf View Post

I always found ball off the toe lead to a slice and ball position in relation to the heel leads to hook for my swing.

I don't position the ball off the feet normally its off the upper torso, usually off the sternum.

Unless I try to an intentional slice or hook, then I position the ball just in front of the left toe or just in front on the left heel respectively.

 

 

Along with mvmac's posting and link, see this to confirm. Mike's link also shows how to adjust to hit a draw when the ball is placed on the shoulder socket i.e.. big toe...

 

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mr. Desmond View Post

 

 

Along with mvmac's posting and link, see this to confirm. Mike's link also shows how to adjust to hit a draw when the ball is placed on the shoulder socket i.e.. big toe...

 

 

Also little shout out to Erik who started that thread 2 1/2 years ago.  Before anyone else was talking about it a2_wink.gif

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

The videos etc explain what I am doing now.  And it does not seem to be a bad thing.  I am going to try some of this stuff in the week tho and will see what happens.

 

Bri

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by mvmac View Post

 

Also little shout out to Erik who started that thread 2 1/2 years ago.  Before anyone else was talking about it a2_wink.gif

An Instructor ahead of his time... far ahead..

post #12 of 14
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An Instructor ahead of his time... far ahead..

 

No doubt.  I'll take Erik over Young-Hoo Kwon any day! (inside joke)

post #13 of 14
I'll take HooKwon over a pile of rice any day too.Sounds delicious.
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No doubt.  I'll take Erik over Young-Hoo Kwon any day! (inside joke)
post #14 of 14
That s interesting video by Grant Waite
In always confused by ball position
Makes sense that it should be related to shoulders
Whenever I position the ball to my feet particular the toe I hit it fat and if I position the ball to my heel I top the ball
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