The longer the club, the harder it generally is to hit. That means the driver is most often the toughest club to hit in the bag. It's also the club that's usually used the most off the tee. It sets you up for the rest of the hole, so it's critical that you are able to make solid contact. I usually play my second shots from the middle of the fairway, and you can to. The keys are understanding how to set up properly to the ball each time and making the right type of swing.
Here's a question Donal sent in about hitting some shots off the heel of his driver. It's costing him distance, so he's looking for a solution.
I've been using your swing now for the last few years and after purchasing your many videos, I find my game has improved tremendously and I recently broke 80 at my gold course. This is really down to my short game as I am having some issues with my driver. I seem to be hitting a lot of shots off the heel of the club losing a fair amount distance. Can you help? I have tried numerous things to rectify it but failed.
As the clubs get longer, any swing issues get maximized and become worse. Naturally, we have to look at alignment first. If you're aimed to the right and you have to come back to the ball, you're going to come over the top, so there's a good chance the heel will hit the ball.
There's other issues that could be causing this problem as well, such as the position of your arms at setup. Taking too long of a backswing is another error that could lead to an over the top swing motion.
Watch the video to see me explain different swing faults that can all lead to the problem that Donal is experiencing. After you've watched today's video, I recommend that you record your swing the next time you're on the range or in the backyard and see if you can identify where you're making mistakes. Once you understand where the problem is, it becomes much easier to fix.
Keep it vertical!
If you can't view the YouTube video above try CLICKING HERE. You must allow popups from this site for the link to work.