Originally Posted by gg1987
I just bought a new driver (Cleveland classic xl 10.5 degree with Miyazaki B. Asha 4 stiff shaft). I had previously been using the classic sl290 with a regular shaft (Miyazaki C. Kua)--but was struggling with control (ballooning high fades or snap hooks). That being said, over the course of last season I seemed to adapt (somewhat) to the quirks of using a regular shaft, but was hoping to get more consistency with a new club. My swing speed is about 105.
My performance with the new driver has left a lot to be desired... I can't seem to stop hooking the ball. Sometimes I even hit the ball right off the bottom edge of the face, with the ball driving into the ground about a yard in front of the tee. With my old driver I had been teeing up on the outer edge of my left foot, and was having some success doing so (when straight, the ball would carry about 280). Is my case of the shanks a product of ball position? Did I develop some bad habits over the course of using a regular shaft? Should I give up entirely on my new driver?
Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
Just my opinion but it would be better off getting a club and shaft that fits your swing instead of trying to make your swing fit the club and shaft.
You aren't alone though because I've done that many times myself.
There's more to getting the "right" club and the "right" shaft than which flex is marked on the club. Flex is not consistent across the industry and then there are lower and higher kick points and other shaft dynamics. I'm also convinced that the flow of the shaft is important although most people disagree with me.
Since you already have the club you might as well give it a shot for a while. Chances are you will learn to hit it but you may be making compensations to make it work. Maybe the compensations are for the best and maybe not.