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Closed club face and ball into ground

Matthew M

In need of some serious help. Started last season playing the best golf I ever have. Certainly not your ready but I was competitive at friendly outings or with my normal pairings. For whatever reason I had a total meltdown and cannot correct my swing now. On drives I notice the club head turned down and I've seen on slowed down phone video I'm driving my ball into the ground maybe ten feet in front of the tee and getting maybe 100 yards. It's gotten to the point we're going to play 18 isn't even fun

I've tried tightening and loosing my grip. Changed it all together from my usual interlock and tried to start my swing with the face open to compensate to no avail. Any ideas?

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  1. Lee T

    Matthew,
    I understand what you are saying about bad shots making golf not fun. Without seeing your swing the only thing I can suggest is making sure at address the ball is tee'd up just inside your left foot if your right handed to help in hitting the ball on your up swing instead of into the ground.

    The only other thing I can think of is on your back swing make sure you bring it back low and slow, as opposed to high like a wedge.

    Maybe for and have a swing analys done.

    Good luck
  2. Dino J

    Hey Matthew, ... it's a terrible thing to experience. I do not know of many if any golfers that have not experienced something like that at least once in their lifetime.

    My suggestions, maybe take a week or two off of the main clubs and just go and practice your putting only. The next suggestion -- spend some time with a PGA Teaching Professional. Take some time - maybe 2-3 hours worth of sessions, to refresh and reset yourself.

    Sometimes, little changes creep into our swing/games, mind, etc. and then one day - wham! It comes together for the worse rather than the other way around. So, a fresh set of eyes, etc. can help tweak your swing and help you get back on track. If you don't already have a PGA professional that you work with, I would suggest that you find one - perhaps at your local course or through TPI (Titleist Performance Institute). Regardless Matthew, I hope you get it sorted soon!
  3. 19hole

    I wish it was that easy. I feel it would be a dis-service to you to tell you how to fix your swing without actually seeing it. There are any number of things that you may be doing.

    Best advice-----go find your local PGA Professional.
  4. No'l

    It sounds like it's time to see a pro. I'm sure even a the pro can't answer anything correctly/properly without having seen what you are doing.

    It's best of what I can offer- it's the same medicine I've taken.

    Good luck, and let us know how you progress.

  5. Dino J

    Hey Matthew, ... it's a terrible thing to experience. I do not know of many if any golfers that have not experienced something like that at least once in their lifetime.
    My suggestions, maybe take a week or two off of the main clubs and just go and practice your putting and chipping only. The next suggestion -- spend some time with a PGA Teaching Professional. Take some time - maybe 2-3 hours worth of sessions, to refresh and reset yourself.
    Sometimes, little changes creep into our swing/games, mind, etc. and then one day - wham! It comes together for the worse rather than the other way around. So, a fresh set of eyes, etc. can help tweak your swing and help you get back on track. If you don't already have a PGA professional that you work with, I would suggest that you find one - perhaps at your local course or through TPI (Titleist Performance Institute). Regardless Matthew, I hope you get it sorted soon!

    D.
  6. Nicholas W

    Go see a pga pro for a lesson. They'll help you out in a hurry.
  7. Justin M

    Agree with everyone's advice to see a pro. I was fortunate enough to be paired with one in a tournament recently and I had a similar miss to the flight you are describing. I did it have a high flight and missed left (hard) at times. After some conversation, I found out I was blocking my hips as a habit to correct for a minor slice problem early in my career that was fixed a while ago. This caused an early release of the club head which led to a snap hook. The other problem is that I swung with my left hand (righ-handed player) through contact and did not drive the ball with the index pad on my right hand which created a weak downward release. Both of these issues led to low left misses that were frustrating on some of the tight tree lined courses here in Washington state. I doubt these are the same issues you have but figured I would share my story to let you know there are others out there experiencing the same issues. Stay with it, get some pros to look at your swing and take their advice to heart. Best of luck!

    Justin

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