Driver woes - too much height!

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Hi all,

I am having a bit of bother where my driving is staying in the air for so long that I am actually getting backspin on my drives and when I get to my ball the is a hole in the ground with the ball a few inch's behind.

I am using a Taylor Made 10.5 Stiff SuperQuad and I have change the standard weights to low and it improved things a little but I still have the same problem.

I used to have 10.5 R5 and I didnt seem to have this problem so I had a lesson with the local pro and we tried a few things but I still hit it far too high.

I am a little short on cash so spending more money on driver will drive the Mrs insane so do you have any suggestions? I have tried teeing the ball higher/lower moving it off my left foot and also changing my swing plane to be more round as the pro said that I was comming down to steep on the ball?

One of my mates has a R7 8.5 he said I can try to see if makes any difference so I will give that a go soon, but does anyone else suffer from this with a R7 SQ or is it me??

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Kev
 

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Most modern drivers are designed to hit high for more carry, but ironically, the super quad is supposed to be a low spin head, so you already have a suitable club head, and the stiff shaft should be ok.

My advice, other than see another pro for a second opinion (this is the best advice), is to flatten your swing plane a touch, and load a little bit more weight onto your back foot, and try to hit it on the up swing. Sounds counter intuitive, but you are clearly hitting down on it at the moment, and it is going too high due to back spin, I also bet you also go through a lot of tees.

If you can find someone with a launch monitor it will give you lots of info, such as path through ball, back spin launch angle etc which you will find interesting and informative. Might cost £30 ish though.
 

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Had the same problem with my TaylorMade Superquad. Just gave too much height & backspin. I really should have gone with the burner driverI'd also tried in the shop.

Best solution sell on the Quad I'm going to sell mine.

A temporary solulution could be to tee it up slightly more central in your stance, so that you are not taking it so much on the up. But really its only temporary.

Just bite the bullet & accept for you its a differnt driver that is needed.
 

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I agree, I will try and load more weight on to my right foot as I do feel a little over the ball and on my front foot. I tried the Pro's Titleist 10.5 driver, and I was skying that too.

I am looking at the thing behind ball before spending more money. I will go to the range and and try different setups and weight distro.

I have spent quite a bit on new clubs this year, and on the SuperQuad which was a not custom fit, and I guess that may be a costly mistake as my S58 irons have been superb.

I will try and get the club working before I spend more money, there is a local pro shop that has a lauch monitor which is free on all purchases or £30 a pop so that will be on the agenda if I can't get it going as I am hitting my s58 4 iron around 230 yards and the driver is around 245 with about 10-15 seconds air time.
 

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If you tee it back in your stance, you will just hit it with more back spin, hence more height, and possibly some slice as well.

Best advice with drivers is never buy one without access to a launch monitor and ideally custom fit. It is impossible among all the head, loft, shaft possibilities to randomely pick the one combination which is perfect for you by yourself. You might get near, but you won't get it right, and these clubs are the most expensive, so mistakes don't come cheap. do what the pros do, and get fit for one.
 
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You sure it isn't someone else's pitchmark you keep finishing behind? ;)?
 

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If you tee it back in your stance, you will just hit it with more back spin, hence more height, and possibly some slice as well.

You sure..? You've got me thinking about that one now.If you are I Stand corrected. Must try out that on the range, progressively from front foot to just right of centre to see what happens to ball spin & height.

Its just that I was using a quad for a whiles last year, when my swing speed was quite high & was coming through the ball well. but the loft on my quad was just too much. Tried moving weights about, to very little effect. Was a waste of at the time £300...hey ho.

btw I managed to get my Wilson Staff Dd6+ for 99 quid. Should have asked for a flake...lol
 

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murph is right about ball position when its teed up on the front foot you get a swallower plane and less spin,i hit down on my driver sometimes its a bad habit of being pretty consistent with irons,its all in the set up maybe try hitting balls off a really high tee that will get you a little more shallow at impact
 

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I currently have two drivers to play with;
my own r7 draw, 11.5* regular and a loaner, a G5 10.5* stiff. Normal tee position is parallel with inside of left heel or maybe a little further back - possibly 1 ball, blue & white tee sunk to the top of the blue.

the r7 normally flies high, with a fade, bad ones are either high slice or really, very, very high. always felt I had to hold back.
tried the G5 for the first time this evening; managed a high slice once when I really let loose but mostly a lot straighter though the fade is still there and the good ones 20 - 30 yards longer, I think because I felt able to use a faster swing and more power.
 

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It also sounds as if you are getting your body and arms out of sync. If the body comes through too fast, you are left with a descending shot, causing a sky. Try to swing easier and give yourself time to get the timing right.

Other thing. I don't think it is the driver at all, and that you must have a swing fault. This is a highly regarded driver, and any body ought to be able to get a reasonable shot out of it. If the fault is in your swing, custom fit for a new driver will solve nothing.
 

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i have only posted on one other post where i felt the guys knew what they were talking about.

I know it appears a bit rash but it is hard to get good writers sometimes.
 

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When I got my mizzy a few weeks back the pro said that TM drivers are weighted to get the ball up. I saw in an instant, the difference betweeen the TM R7 which I had and the Mizzy. I'm getting ave 30yds more roll with the new big dog.

My advice would be to have a go with a few others on the range and compare their flight before making any decision on your next move.
 

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tried a few at AG last night, so I had 5 to play with; my own r7 (R), loaner G5 (S), G10 (S), Wilson Spine (S), and Yonex Nanospeed (S). All the stiff shafts were at least an inch longer than my regular.

started well then deteriorated (I've booked a driver lesson, I've never had one and apparently I have this dip in the downswing so if the timing is out I'm either coming up under the ball or striking the ground first) but after initially crunching both my r7 and the G5 straight and fairly long I moved on to the others:

G10 - every one vanished into the right hand corner, even leaving it then coming back to it the pattern was the same.

Wilson - mostly fairly straight, fade a bit more pronounced than the G5, not overly long. that white shaft is off-putting (and I always reckoned looks were meaningless!),and it sounds weird.

Yonex - this was the best by far, decent height, good distance, straighter and the high slice when I really go for it was much less extreme.

the salesman was bit put out (or puzzled) that I didn't immediately buy it, but one swallow and all that . .
lesson first, try it again, and try others
 

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We are not really in a position at the moment to offer anything in return for you writing we are only going to be starting out.

regards,

Sandy
 
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