At the Sahara tournament last fall I played with one young pro, a solid performer, who could not keep his tee shots in play. After our round was over he went to the practice tee to work out his driving problems. He discovered he was lining up the ball almost on the wrapping at the heel of his driver. This player's style takes him closer to-the ball at address than most players, but unconsciously he had moved too close. To hit the ball, he was raising his head, moving his hips away and then swiping at it. That does not work. At address, set up with the ball directly in front of the insert of your club and with a full extension of your arms. If you set up any other way, you must then make some incorrect motion to get the club back into the proper hitting position. Invariably you will start to scatter your tee shots all over the course—and frequently off the course.
Standing too close to the ball and lining it up on the heel of the driver (above) creates readjustment problems during swing. Address at right is proper.