Over the past season, I felt that I hit my driver the best in years. I was hitting the center of my club face a great deal of time, but there were times when the other parts of my driver decided to join the action. Striking the heel of my driver definitely resulted in a poor, short, shot hit to the right (a bit of a slice). It is very noticeable and I have to say that I do not like it when it happens 😉 Hitting my ball off the toe is a completely different matter and sometimes the shot I am looking for when hitting the ball off the tee.
To fair to you the reader, I rarely try to hit the ball off the toe of my driver. I never try to make this shot, but it does happen from time to time. When I do, three things can happen and they are not all bad.
The first is a duck hook into the left woods or rough. It does not go far and I roll the dice as to the final destination. Most of the time (given I usually aim right center of the fairway) I am in the rough on the left. The worst part is watching the ball flight and the quacking sound it makes as it heads towards trouble.
The second result for hitting off the to is to push the ball way right. My club head never comes around to center and as such is open during contact. This means that my ball goes way right and who knows what happens when I start to search for my likely lost ball.
Lastly, I hit the ball long and in the fairway. I feel the ball strike the toe, the club head twist, and my swing path is slightly in to out. The ball jumps off the club with a baby draw and I gain anywhere from 10 to 20 yards distance from my tee shot. It is a great shot to watch and provides some confidence that this is a shot I should try and develop. The challenge I face is that the amount of time needed to develop this shot is not something I am ready to dedicate. I would have the change the fundamental aspects of my swing and I am not sure I can handle the frustration…..we shall see now that I have a practice area I can us on a regular basis.
Hitting the ball off the toe of my driver is not always a bad thing. However, at this time, contact on the outer part of my driver face is less successful than I am willing to accept. So, I will continue to hit the center of the club face and stay on the short grass 75% of the time. The extra distance gained from hitting my driver off the toe is not worth the erratic control I would experience.
How about you, do you intentionally hit the ball off the toe of your driver?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!