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    Re: No Driver - Maybe

    Quote Originally Posted by Westy View Post
    Haven't had that problem to deal with yet, but if I'm struggling to hit the driving iron I'm probably dropping back down to a 6 or 7i. I seem to hit my irons really consistently.

    Honestly wish I could get the driver working. Tried pretty much everything over the past 5 years. I know how to hit a driver and have had many lessons with different pro's and practised endlessly. At best it might work for a round or 2 then falls apart again. I just can't consistently execute. It seems more a mental block for me now.

    I still plan to keep working on the driver on the range, maybe the break from it on the course will help.
    Driving is such a weird concept sometimes. Last year my driving was so consistent, this year up and down like a yo-yo. I suspect that spraining my ankle back in February just threw out my balance and/or rhythm, but I'll be damned if I can get it back to what it was now. It's like forgetting the words to your favourite song. You just make up new ones and convince yourself they were the right ones all along!
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    Re: No Driver - Maybe

    I think dropping a driver from the bag is fine if you still get it out there far enough with something else. I only use a driver 5 times a round on 6900 yard course. I hit a good distance but not crazy long. If your comfortable with your irons then why not make sure your playing from the fairway. I'm far more accurate with a 5i from the fairway than an 8i out of the crap.

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    Re: No Driver - Maybe

    Is it worth dropping it?

    If it's costing you shots, absolutely. I was certainly in this position at the start of the year, it's still not perfect, but by god I'm having fun with it now. 18º fw or hybrid off the tee where there's serious danger still, but I'm so glad I've spent time persevering with it as it really does make the game easier... And there really is NOTHING in the game like creaming one straight out the middle and watching it fly!
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    Re: No Driver - Maybe

    Watching this thread closely as very relevant to me!

    On a par 4 400 hard average hole at my course, trees both sides if I hit a perfect drive I might have 120 into the flag, this is maybe a 1 in 4.

    If I hit 4 iron 3 in 4 the time I will have 170.

    The miss with the driver tends to be much wider due to distance...

    From strokes gained point of view using driver seems to be the negative choice currently for me

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    Re: No Driver - Maybe

    Quote Originally Posted by Dasit View Post
    Watching this thread closely as very relevant to me!

    On a par 4 400 hard average hole at my course, trees both sides if I hit a perfect drive I might have 120 into the flag, this is maybe a 1 in 4.

    If I hit 4 iron 3 in 4 the time I will have 170.

    The miss with the driver tends to be much wider due to distance...

    From strokes gained point of view using driver seems to be the negative choice currently for me

    Looks like a no brainer for you imo. If i was hitting a 4 iron 230 then i'd be doing that on any tee with trouble around as 170 must be a 9 iron or so. I generally try and hit the club off the tee that will leave me something between 8-pw into the green.
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    Re: No Driver - Maybe

    Quote Originally Posted by Papas1982 View Post
    Looks like a no brainer for you imo. If i was hitting a 4 iron 230 then i'd be doing that on any tee with trouble around as 170 must be a 9 iron or so. I generally try and hit the club off the tee that will leave me something between 8-pw into the green.
    I think this time of year it makes sense. I don’t carry a 4 iron 230 but 200 to 210 is more realistic and then it rolls out for 20 to 30 more on the baked fairways.

    It is hard to put average strokes from distances as I don’t have my personal data, but 120 might be an average of 3.2 strokes extra on average to hole out for me while 170 is 3.5 strokes.

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    Re: No Driver - Maybe

    Quote Originally Posted by Dasit View Post
    I think this time of year it makes sense. I don’t carry a 4 iron 230 but 200 to 210 is more realistic and then it rolls out for 20 to 30 more on the baked fairways.

    It is hard to put average strokes from distances as I don’t have my personal data, but 120 might be an average of 3.2 strokes extra on average to hole out for me while 170 is 3.5 strokes.
    But how many times will the driver leave you 120 and opportunity for 3.2 strokes....
    Generally we will all feel we can play to our best if we play with the driver performing, but if you started using the 4 iron more then maybe you'd improve from 160-180 as you'd be playing that shot more?

    I still have a driver, but atm i use 2 3 woods, one set at 12.75 and one at 16.5. I seem to be able to fade the lower and draw the higher with some regularity and have hit a bit of form recently as im playing from the fairways 60/70 percent of the time.

    I think I'll go back to the driver soon enough, but it's handy to have confidence in the club below.
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    4 iron 230 and a driver 280?

    Something doesn't look right there.

    I would suggest you need to learn self analysis which helps you analyse your faults as they happen on the course.
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    Re: No Driver - Maybe

    Quote Originally Posted by bobmac View Post
    4 iron 230 and a driver 280?

    Something doesn't look right there.

    I would suggest you need to learn self analysis which helps you analyse your faults as they happen on the course.
    How specific do you need to get with self analysis?

    I pretty consistently shoot 80 to 83 at my course and would love to be shooting in the 70s, but am not really sure how to take the next step.

    I thought it was be smarter of the tee not taking driver/3wood everytime then improve my up and downs.


    As for distances hit I track my shots, on a par 4 330 yard straight hole I had 100 on the dot to middle of green after hitting a 4 iron off the tee, if you consistently have a 230 difference between the tee and and middle of the green for your approach would you put that club at 230y distance?

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    Re: No Driver - Maybe

    Quote Originally Posted by Dasit View Post
    How specific do you need to get with self analysis?

    I pretty consistently shoot 80 to 83 at my course and would love to be shooting in the 70s, but am not really sure how to take the next step.

    I thought it was be smarter of the tee not taking driver/3wood everytime then improve my up and downs.


    As for distances hit I track my shots, on a par 4 330 yard straight hole I had 100 on the dot to middle of green after hitting a 4 iron off the tee, if you consistently have a 230 difference between the tee and and middle of the green for your approach would you put that club at 230y distance?
    Self analysis helps you to know why you hit a bad shot so you don't hit it again.

    As for the distance question...…..
    If you hit your 4 iron 230, I would expect you to hit your driver way over 300yds
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