Most Forgiving Driver for Heel Strikes

twgolf78twgolf78 Posts: 184 ✭✭
My miss on the driver is on the heel. Every time. Im taking lessons trying to improve but it's not improving.



Im in the market for a new driver anyways so Im wondering if there is one more forgiving than the other when hitting the inside portion of the head.



Lately the ball has been fading but even on a solid hit the ball is only carrying 235 ish when I used to carry it 275 in a middle strike...



Any opinions?



Im already taking lessons.
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  • Spooky67Spooky67 Members Posts: 1,318 ✭✭
    Maybe get further away from the ball.? If you are further away it will be harder to hit the heel. My heel Miss is when I’m crowding the ball.
  • seslwr1seslwr1 Posts: 111 ✭✭
    Stick with the lessons. Forget buying a driver and settle on playing heel strikes. As you know, heel strikes are the worst place to strike it on a driver face. Maybe think about taking a different approach. Have you tried hitting a 3 wood. There are several models that are almost driver long if you can square them up.
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  • kgeorge78kgeorge78 Members Posts: 7,741 ✭✭
    i hit everything on the **** as well. No driver will help!



    maybe Ping G400 max it's so big
  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Posts: 17,349 ClubWRX
    Check the fit and/or fix the swing. No heel hit forgiving drivers out there.
  • Carolina Golfer 2Carolina Golfer 2 Members Posts: 9,074 ✭✭
    The Rogue is unbelievablly forgiving off the heel. It feels a bit odd when you miss it there. But the ball speed retention is vefy very high.
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  • Orange HogOrange Hog Members Posts: 357 ✭✭
    Ping G400 SFT is by far the most forgiving driver I've ever gamed or demo'd when struck toward the heel. There's always going to be some gear effect but the G400 is ridiculously forgiving off-center.
  • cgasuckscgasucks Members Posts: 2,159 ✭✭
    edited Feb 24, 2018 #8
    Spooky67 wrote:


    Maybe get further away from the ball.? If you are further away it will be harder to hit the heel. My heel Miss is when I’m crowding the ball.




    +1 When I address the ball with the ball at the center of the crown at address, I hit it at the heel consistently since my downswing is so flat but when I address it further away from the ball, I nut it. Funny thing though, it only applies to the driver and woods, but not the irons, even the long ones. That's the byproduct of my swing improvement.



    That's my quirk.



    Don't feel so bad. George Knudson's book described the same problems he had when he was growing up.
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  • JStangJStang Members Posts: 2,381 ✭✭
    Your driver might be too long.
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  • mjl2012mjl2012 Posts: 190 ✭✭
    I have the same problem with frequent heel strikes with the driver. I’ve found moving further away from the ball helps tremendously for my swing.
  • SubaruWRXSubaruWRX Members Posts: 3,280 ✭✭
    Fix the problem and you’ll be able to hit any driver you want.



    Buy a new driver and you still suck at hitting driver.



    You choose...
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  • thug the bunnythug the bunny Members Posts: 6,140 ✭✭
    No new driver. Fix swing. Not to trivialize things, but swing so that you hit the ball in the center of the face. You can actually will that. Mid - high cappers tend to think that certain motions or positions will lead to a center strike. Good players focus on a center square strike and don't worry about motions or positions.
  • blink3665blink3665 #TwistFaceExperience Members Posts: 5,964 ✭✭
    I agree on the lessons. Lessons will help your ball striking immensely and will probably cost less than a new driver.



    If you really just want a new driver the new m series from Taylormade is built for low heel and high toe misses. I'd highly recommend giving it a twirl if you're in the market.
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  • ByeBye Posts: 1,307 ✭✭
    My miss is on the heel as well. I have found the moveable weight on the M1 to help me with consistency of strike and with the heel strike.



    Out of interest what is your instructor telling you to change in your swing set up.
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  • theboypinoytheboypinoy Members Posts: 2,022 ✭✭
    Haven't hit it yet, but the Ping G400 Max might be worth a look. It's supposedly extremely forgiving image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
  • ago33ago33 Members Posts: 2,149 ✭✭
    I believe your shaft is too light if you are having heal strikes

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  • CwingCwing Members Posts: 7,988 ✭✭
    edited Feb 24, 2018 #17
    Id say hit a demo days somewhere and try them all. I’d include the TM M3/M4 lineup as well as those already noted.
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  • Sparty5389Sparty5389 Members Posts: 10
    For me, if I try to swing too hard, I reach and hit off heel. Just my $0.02
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  • SolidstrikeSolidstrike Members Posts: 301
    The TM M3/4 are the only woods I’ve ever heard of that claim to be better for heel side hits, as opposed to just overall forgiveness.
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  • SolidstrikeSolidstrike Members Posts: 301
    twgolf78 wrote:
    My miss on the driver is on the heel. Every time. Im taking lessons trying to improve but it's not improving.



    Im in the market for a new driver anyways so Im wondering if there is one more forgiving than the other when hitting the inside portion of the head.



    Lately the ball has been fading but even on a solid hit the ball is only carrying 235 ish when I used to carry it 275 in a middle strike...



    Any opinions?



    Im already taking lessons.




    What does your pro say is the fix?
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  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now)Members Posts: 3,601 ✭✭
    Shorten your driver 1/2" or choke down. Find a new pro, maybe, since your guy hasn't helped.

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  • thug the bunnythug the bunny Members Posts: 6,140 ✭✭
    Sorry to trivialize this, but stop hitting it off the heel. No need for a new driver.
  • TMAG_GUYTMAG_GUY Members Posts: 15
    kgeorge78 wrote:


    i hit everything on the **** as well. No driver will help!



    maybe Ping G400 max it's so big




    All drivers are maxed out at 460cc...
  • hybrid25hybrid25 michiganMembers Posts: 1,534 ✭✭
    I think drivers today are very comparable as far as distance and forgiveness are concerned, there's just too much technology out there that is common to all manufacturers. It's almost like asking which golf ball goes the farthest. With that being said I've had some great drives hit on the heel of my xr16 driver.
  • Golf64Golf64 Go Habs Go! Ontario, CanadaMembers Posts: 7,702 ✭✭
    I agree with some of the above posters., swing flaw or you need a shorter driver?! Doesn't hurt to try?! IMO, drivers should be more than 45''. Lots of You Tube reviews on this subject. image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
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  • Mr.HighFaderMr.HighFader Posts: 120 ✭✭
    Might be standing too close or try aligning the ball slighty toe side
  • getinthehoegetinthehoe Members Posts: 11
    Hit balls with your toes curled
  • 1Mordrid11Mordrid1 Members Posts: 571 ✭✭
    I do not hit off the heel all the time, but when I do miss badly the low heel hits are my most common miss. Since you are working on your swing, you may want to wait until you get a little more consistency before getting fitted for a new driver since your swing plane may completely change.



    But if I had to suggest a driver for someone with occasional heel hits it would be the Rogue, or possibly even the Rogue draw. Trackman showed I was still losing ball speed on those hits but it was losing 2-4 mph of ball speed which was equating to 3-9 yards of lost distance with the Rogue. The Ping G400 Max was very similar in ball speed on heel hits , but my spin numbers were so low that the ball would just fall out of the air. Though this was the case for me as well on well struck shots with the G400 Max. So the numbers were saying it was a forgiving driver, just not the overall driver for me. The TM M4 the heel hits ended up closer to the center line, but they lost a lot of ball speed and distance. Sometimes 15 to 20 yards on low heel hits. These are just the results with my "baseball" style swing, so you may experience something completely different.
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  • buckeyeflbuckeyefl Members Posts: 5,363 ✭✭
    SubaruWRX wrote:


    Fix the problem and you’ll be able to hit any driver you want.



    Buy a new driver and you still suck at hitting driver.



    You choose...




    It's that simple.
  • PatsNationPatsNation Posts: 1,490 ✭✭
    Chop current drive down 1/2 inch and give it a shot before buying a new driver
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