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AVanderford

I am hitting the same place in the driver face most all the time (heel middle) what setting on driver or what can I do to fix it?

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  1. Chris92009

    Please do not take this the wrong way however a lesson could make some sense...it sounds like you are too close to the ball. I would like to say it has to do with a setting on the driver however something like this is player centric.

    Good Luck!
  2. B.A.

    I'd say it's not a driver setting as much as a thought or bad habit. Yes, you could be too close, but likely not. I went through the same issue and my suggestions are:

    1) pick a different spot on the ball to look at while you're swinging.
    2) try a suggestion I saw on tv, that suggests pretending that a samurai sword is in front of your hand and if you don't keep them close, you slice your wrists (you are reaching).
    3) practice the gate drill with your driver. You can use tees, you can use empty ball boxes, rubber practice tees...
  3. Stuart B

    I have this similar problem, my new irons will be 1/4 short but my driver is standard. You could try what I do and address the ball off centre towards the toe which might help a more centered hit. Otherwise, a swing lesson is needed. Good luck.
  4. Neil F

    What length is your shaft - might be a bit too long? Titleist standard is 45" - but 44.5" is pretty common on the PGA tour . . . . .
  5. Chris M

    Either you are standing i little bit too close to the ball or your driver might be a bit too long... suggest to ask a pro at your club about his opinion
  6. DV

    AV,

    There are 2 things that could be causing you to hit the heel of your driver. You are either "coming over-the-top" with your swing consistently or you are standing to close to the ball (with a correct in-to-in swing). One fault that many golfers have that they are not aware of is standing to close to the ball. If you address your golf ball by centering your ball with the club face centered on the club face "and" you also are resting your driver on the ground at address, you are standing to close to the ball and you will hit the heel side of your driver at impact. Many of the tour pros have know this and many recommend setting up with your driver at address by hovering the club head above the ground and not grounding club head at address. Doing this and you will find the position of your club face where the face will actually hit the ball. In effect this will position you, whether you are aware of it or not, about an 1 or 2 inches further away from the ball than if you addressed the ball with the club head grounded. Another benefit it doing this will also help reduce tension in your forearms at setup which is always a good thing. Try this and see it helps.

    Best Wishes,

    DV
  7. Todd S

    I agree this is not a driver setting issue. Assuming your swing is solid and your not hitting on the heel of any other clubs this is something to consider.
    It you sole your driver in the middle of the face behind a tree up ball then raise the clubs to the height it would be when it strikes the ball you will see the strike would be towards the heel. So you need to set up to the ball with the club hoovering of the ground or just towards the toe.
    Hope this helps...
  8. Edward K

    Chris92009

    Please do not take this the wrong way however a lesson could make some sense...it sounds like you are too close to the ball. I would like to say it has to do with a setting on the driver however something like this is player centric.

    Good Luck!

    I do that occasionally. My guru tells me it can also be from swinging too far from the inside to out. Just a thought........
  9. Bart C

    Personally i had a similar issue with the driver to start this season. what stuart mentioned worked for me. swing is the same as ever but i started doing what matt kuchar does by positioning the ball towards the toe of the club at address. and my strike improved tremendously along with the ball flight.. try it first if that doesnt work go with the swing lesson.. it was awkward at first but 1 range session and i was back to hitting the center. good luck
  10. AHorstman

    As a professional teacher and former pro player, I can say your dilemma might be caused by many, many, things, including your weight shifting from the balls of your feet toward your toes at impact. It could be the shaft is spined wrong, or the wrong torque. I had one student who needed a different type of shoe that fixed his problem. I had another whos grip was too big and it delayed his hand release. Long story short, it probably would be wise to see your local pro.

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