If you can learn how to hit fairway woods properly that can help your game out immensely. While they are the clubs that people use the least, when you need to used them, it’s because you really need them since they can be the difference maker when going for eagle or just trying to save par. Practicing the proper mechanics is vital to mastering hitting fairway woods.
If you’re just getting started hitting with fairway woods, here are some tips:
Tip 1: Don’t mistake these clubs for irons. The distance may be similar, but the swing mechanics are entirely different. With long irons you want to take a big divot. That’s not the case with fairway woods.
Tip 2: You should always line your feet with the target shoulder width apart, unless you’re playing for a face or a draw. You need to play the ball a little forward. It should be in line with your left foot if your right handed, and vice versa If you’re left handed. You should keep your arms extended, your spine straight and your knees a bit flexed.
Tip 3: If you find yourself in the rough, you should tap the club head behind the ball (obviously without touching the ball) to tamp down some of the grass between the head and the ball. As long as you don’t make contact with the ball this is totally legal.
Tip 4: While learning to hit fairway woods remember at all times to keep your front arm straight during the swing. Use your hips during the backswing and downswing to generate the power you need. Always keep your head down and your eye on the ball.
Tip 5: Don’t fall for the temptation of wanting to scoop the ball off of the ground. You want to hit the ball as clean as possible. Allow the loft of the club to do its job. It’s also tempting to want to hit the ball hard. Smacking the ball with too much force is a huge rookie mistake.
It’s better to focus on a smooth controlled movement that will keep you in the right swing path. You’ll have better luck achieving your goal by taking this approach.
Tip 6: You have to know when to use the fairway woods. Make sure that the situation calls for its use.
If you find yourself in the trees and far from the green, maybe you should use an iron instead to get back into play instead of going for the green. Something as simple as knowing when to use it can help you when hitting fairway woods. Using this club at the wrong time is a sure recipe for disaster.
Tip 7: To gain the best understanding of these clubs you need to practice with them consistently. That way you can find out how much distance you can get from them and how to hit the ball cleanly. As they say, practice makes perfect. Don’t forget to practice getting out of sand traps as well.
I can assure you one thing: if you figure out how to hit fairway woods the right way your game will get better and your scores will begin to drop. While they are usually last resort clubs, they can be powerful tools, so make sure to master them.