that may help a lot of you.
There is a golf message board I frequent (as I am sure many of you) called Golf Equipment Aficionados. I have seen many posts on that board, have gotten many questions here, as well as many conversations in real life about the same problem.
Major problems with one club or group of clubs while hitting everything else well. Even though Tiger dominated Friday thru Sunday, he has this issue right now.
I have had this issue for 5-6 years and there is a simple reason why.
While I agree there are differences between a wedge swing and a driver swing, there is something to be learned from one club or club group struggling while the rest are fine, or even great.
When this happens, there is usually a fundamental flaw in what you are doing that causes the issue in one section of the bag and you get away with it with everything else.
I won’t rant about Tiger’s dive for the hundreth time, but let’s begin with that in context of this topic. Since irons require more of a downward trapping motion than woods, Tiger is getting away with the dive when hitting irons most of the time. However, woods being more of a sweeping motion, he is having a hard time timing those shots.
Here are some examples of what might be troubling some of you and you want to start with simple things, like setup.
1. If your ball position is too far back in your stance, you wedges and short irons could be just fine, mid and long irons decent, hybrids and fairway woods manageable and driver just terrible.
2. Standing too far away from the ball, your driver, woods and hybrids are great, long and mid irons fine, but thin and short irons and wedges are terrible.
3. If you are aimed too far left (for a right handed player) it is easy to hold on and hit the irons good, the hybrids and woods manageable, but driver off the tee is probably a push slice waiting to happen.
These are just three of many examples, but it is to illustrate a point. If there is a major disparity with one section of your bag you probably have a fundamental flaw in what you are doing.
It is important to recognize this because unlike Tiger, it is usually a very small issue and there is no need to go through major changes in swing or equipment.
The best thing you can do to check several of these possible issues is to get something to measure all of the setup issues. You can buy those sticks you see in everyone’s bag that cost $7-10, or some dowel rods for 50 cents. Either way you can measure all sorts of ball position, setup and alignment issues this way.
In other words, always monitor setup issues before you let someone make major changes in your equipment or golf swing.
Once you have ruled out setup issues, then start with things like rhythm and balance and a level shoulder turn. Start with the simple and slowly move up the ladder to the more complicated issues.
FYI-Not having a level shoulder turn is almost always the issue when everything else is great and driver is just terrible. Turning you shoulders around your spine or 90 degrees to your spine is another way of saying this.
I mention this one specifically because I see it so often when I go to the range. Beautiful shoulder turns with every club in the bag and a horrible one with driver.