Originally Posted by RFS62
Once you get tired of looking for your ball, you need to throttle down your swing. Accuracy is infinitely more important than distance, especially when distance puts you out of play or in the trees or rough.
Most baseball players have to go through this before they finally get it. All those years of chasing bat speed are hard to give up.
You want clubhead speed, but only controllable clubhead speed.
If I were you, I'd go to nothing but 3/4 swings until you can keep it in the fairway. You are hitting 5 irons over 210 dude. Problem is you're looking for your ball out on the highway and in people's yards. Try hitting one 185 with a 3/4 swing and see how much fun playing from the fairway can be.
Thanks for the tips.
I was able to do this late last summer somewhat, though it took typically getting to the range twice a week and then also playing each weekend. I have been able to get back into that rhythm of easing up on the irons - I am hitting the 5-iron 210ish without swinging anywhere near full speed - but I just haven't been able to find that ease up swing yet with the woods. This is why at Walden Ponds I didn't even pull a wood out of the bag on the back nine and I ended up shooting something like a 42 on the back using nothing but irons off the tee. Most of the time right now with the woods I'm just opening up my wrist and the ball just sails right.
I'm going to try to get to the range on Wednesday after work. I'll give these tips a try and we'll see what happens.