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  1. First time posting on sand trap, I had to vent/pour my soul out somewhere where people maybe able to sympathize, understand and maybe help. This is fresh from a range session which is also probably why I'm posting. I started golfing ~4 years ago and love it. I became hooked after the first good golf shot I shot I hit. I'm infatuated by the game now. I have really worked on my swing from the ground up. I started with the 5 lessons from Mr Hogan. After I established the foundation he teaches in the 5 lessons and got a basic idea of how the golf swing works, I started working on smaller but game impacting issues. For example, I had the club going to far inside on take away. This cause the club to get trapped behind me and I'd have to chicken wing to save it. I worked on this by keeping the club out in front of me longer, using alignment rods and a golf tee in the bottom of the club grip. Tee should follow the belly button the first quarterish of the swing. So for almost all my clubs I was able to focus on particular traits in the issue I was experiencing, research what could be causing them, and work on correcting them. If the issue came back, I had an idea of what I was doing wrong. This applied to all my clubs except one... the driver. I have not spent more time on any other club than that #$@%! !#%!%! !$@%# ing club! I have watched numerous videos , I have bought a swing trainer (kind of like the Orange whip but a cheaper version), I have slowed down my swing, I have tried half swings, I have assessed myself in videos, I have seen an instructor and I am more lost than ever. For the longest time my miss has been a smother duck hook which i would stave off with a chicken wing. After seeing an instructor he said I am taking the club too far inside and that at the top of the back swing, my shaft is coming over the target line. I worked on this for a while with no results. I loosened my grip to get the maximum hinge and "whipping" effect. Thought I had something, tried repeating it the next day, nope, back to square one. I tried combining the previous, results one day, nothing the next. I recently increased my grip size from standard to a mid size grip hoping it would stave off my hook. Welp, I'm going the other direction now. My miss is a slice. I am hitting it dead center of the face. Noticed this today after I put tape on the head. My "power fade" is in the middle of the face and goes farrrr. I tilt the shoulders by angling the torso so they are parallel to the target line, I try and keep my arms together, try and initiate the backswing with my shoulders, I work on starting the down swing with my lower body, keep the head behind the ball, play the ball off arch of my left foot (right handed golfer). Nothing seemed to stick or at least be a general direction to head in. When I thought I had something, it would vanish the next day like some magical unicorn. I am so lost and so frustrated.... I recently started to hit my irons really really well, compresing the ball, and taking divots. My wedges are my confidence club. I feel great when im 90 yards out and a 56 degree in my hand. 5 and 3 wood i am getting better and more confident at the more I practice. My putting I've been working on ALOT. Alignment, rolling it consistently, follow through etc etc. But none of this matters if I can't hit a fairway. I played at one of my favorite courses the other day and shot an 88 but hit only 2 fairways. If it wasn't for my irons I would have shot a 108. If I could have hit a couple more fairways, I think i could have been in the lower 80s if not even have a shot at breaking into the upper 70s. I have dedicated alot of time to breaking down my driver swing and practicing to get it somewhat consistent and it's affecting my other clubs now. So not only is my driver crappy, its indirectly affecting my other clubs! I post this not necessarily for an instant fix or tip because that doesn't happen in golf, but to see if anyone (and I'm sure plenty have) has experienced this in their golf life, their story if they're will to share and how they dealt with it. Don't get me wrong though, a tip or suggestion won't fall on deaf ears. I'll try and post a video here some time. I look forward to reading people's responses!
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