Ok since I was having trouble uploading trimmed videos to YouTube I didn’t bother with proper camera setup yesterday, just wanted to record a quick driver video. But here it is nevertheless. I think on the practice swing it looks pretty ok. I would be happy if I could do the same with the real swing. But I think the full swing is actually much improved from my last driver video.
There are definitely holes where driver is a less than optimal club, but even in your second example, would you have not cleared the bunker that you got a lucky skip through had you been hitting driver? I know a lot of people are afraid of 40-60 yard pitches, but that can be easily worked on, and you might be 6-12 ft away instead of 20 ft, greatly improving your chance of a birdie. I understand the fear of the driver because I had it, but 1.5 range sessions later I didn't hesitate to pull it out on almost every par 4-5.