We’ve gotten several emails recently asking about how to hit fairway woods.
And so I put together this short video for you with a couple of easy tips that will get you hitting the ball more solidly.
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Here’s a quick recap of what we covered:
First you need to make sure you have the right lofts on your fairway woods. For many amateur golfers, the 3 wood is too low of a loft and they’d be better off swapping it for a 4, 5, strong 4, or strong 5. If you aren’t able to get the 3 wood up in the air you are much better off taking a club with more loft.
The 2nd thing you need to do is assess the lie.
If the ball is sitting up nicely, you are in good shape and can go ahead and swing away.
If the ball is sitting down, you need to be a little more careful. You might still be able to play the fairway wood, but you need to be aware of a couple of things.
The ball is of course much harder to hit when it’s sitting down and you should expect it to come out lower, flatter, and it is likely to fade off to the right. Something to be aware of if there is trouble looming off to the right! If a miss to the right won’t kill you, you can feel more comfortable playing from this lie. If there is trouble on the right, consider leaving the fairway wood in the bag and playing a safer iron shot.
From there, a good idea is to swing it “like a wedge.”
By this I mean focus on tempo and balance.
And the final piece is do NOT try to HELP the ball up into the air. You want to sweep the ball off of the grass and allow the club to get the ball up in the air.
A great drill to work on this last piece is to place a tee a few inches in front of the golf ball and take swings with the thought of hitting the ball and then sweeping the tee off the ground after impact. This will teach you the proper sweeping motion.
Give that a try and you’ll be hitting better fairway woods in no time!