I just took up golf for the 1st time 4 months ago. I worked with an instructor for a couple months, spent many hours so far at the range and have managed to play around 15 rounds (Chicago winter has halted that for now). While I have seen steady improvement with all aspects of my game (putting, irons, hybrids, 3-wood), I am still not able to hit my driver properly. In fact I don’t pull it out of the bag when playing. I tee off with the 3-wood.
When I hit my 3-wood properly (which is increasingly more often than not), the ball trajectory is a beautiful airplane like ascent with decent distance (175-200). My main swing thoughts are stopping at the top of my backswing, turning my hips/body first as I start the downswing, and almost letting go of the club (or throwing it) as I swing through the ball. When I get off the good shots, the club feels light and the swing feels easy…Now the driver, on the other hand, is a much different story. Despite trying to mimic the above, I cannot get that smooth contact or shot off. Right now I am focused on the bigger clubhead with a hard to find sweet spot as the culprit, but I really am at a loss. I know the driver has less loft and longer shaft as well.
Any wisdom out for a newbie like myself? I know that this is supposed to be the hardest club to master, but all the players that I get teamed up with at the course can all hit the club properly (give or take). It just seems like I am missing something very fundamental that alludes me.
Thanks for any feedback!
* 3-wood: Ping G20/ Regular flex shaft/15 loft
* Driver: Ping G20/Regular flex shaft/10.5 loft
* 44 years old
* Very good physical shape