Was going to try and play today. Figured I didn’t really have time to, versus some range/chipping/putting practice. Good thing I didn’t play, as I found this peculiar issue, that I’m asking you all about.
At the ‘grass’ lie driving range (which is more this side of Bermuda-covered concrete), I was excited, expecting to put the launch monitor through its paces, and proceeded to top and/or shank or send straight off to the right, pretty much every short iron and wedge I wanted to try.
Moved the ball back. Top. Tried abbreviating the swing to 9’o clock. Top, and or shank. With some fat ground contact, toe deeper, and about 3-4 inches behind ball.
Stuck tee in ground, in line with ball at address, but about two inches further on Y-axis (Feet describe the X-axis, up in air/down into the ground is Z), to try and see divot position. No divot, unless fat, as described earlier.
Really frustrating time. The shots I felt I was getting ok at least contact on, headed right and mostly straight with some fade, about 30 degrees off what I thought I was aiming at.
Finished bucket—chipping area was closed anyway, likely indefinitely. (The general driving range public evidently thinks blasting “pitches” over the woods bordering the range, and into the neighboring houses/businesses, is the height of hilarity.)
Really frustrated, said screw it on elapsed time, went to range with mats (and shade). Boom, boom, boom: straight, high, crisp. No right flight, no topping, no shanks. The mats are fluffier, but at the end in the grass range, I was teeing up 9Is with a button tee, and it still wasn’t crisp.
What is going on? I can’t bring a mat to the course.