Originally Posted by 30over
I don't know why I do this. I can usually hit the ball pretty straight with my irons but not my driver. I think it has something to do with the driver being longer than the irons. Anyone hve any suggestions/drills I can do to fix it? Thanks for any input.
I used to have this same exact problem. I later found out that I wasn't only swinging my driver wrong, I was also swinging my irons wrong too, even though the ball was going straight!! The irons give backspin to help correct hitting the ball off the sweetspot of the club. Let me try to explain.
The irons are lofted more than the woods and drivers are which increases the amount of backspin on the ball. When you swing at the ball with a highly lofted club, such as the 8 or 9 iron, the ball has very little chance of developing a sideways spin, which keeps the ball straight (it has lots of backspin instead). The face of a driver is very flat, so you get virtually no backspin. If you miss the sweetspot of a driver then you will get sideways spin on the ball causing the ball to slice or hook. Hopefully that made sense.
Just keep practicing trying to hit the sweet spot of your club heads and you will get them going straight. Tee the ball up high. I am sorry but I don't know of any specific drill...these other people seemed to cover some of those. Your swing might not be messed up, but you could be making contact with the club in the wrong spot. For me it was a mixture of both. However, if you are pushing or pulling the ball then that means that the club face could be either open or closed.
Sorry if I tried to teach you something that you already knew!