How to Hit Your Fairway Woods

One way to really help your game is to learn how to hit your fairway woods.  They’re certainly not the most commonly used club in your arsenal, but in certain situations, your fairway woods can be lifesavers – if you’ve taken the time to learn to use them.  That means you need to learn the mechanics of the swing, and then practice.

Following are some excellent tips to help you as you learn to hit your fairway woods:

  1. These clubs are different than your irons.  You’ll achieve comparable distance, but the way in which you approach your swing is quite different.  Playing your long irons your quite often take a large divot.  When you hit your fairway woods, you do not want a divot.
  2. Line up your feet with your target keeping them approximately shoulder width apart.  Adjust your stance if you need to play a draw or fade.  The ball should be played forward, more or less in line with left foot.  If you’re a left handed golfer, it would align with your right foot.  Make sure your arms remains extended, and you keep your spine straight.  You’ll also want to allow some flex in your knees.
  3. If you find yourself in the rough, you can legally tap the head of the club behind your ball as long as you don’t make contact with it.  That will tamp down the grass between your club head and ball.
  4. Your forward arm should be kept as straight as possible throughout your swing.  If you turn your hips during your back swing and then through your down swing you’ll generate plenty of power for your shot.  Keep your head down.
  5. Don’t “scoop” the ball.  Just get a clean swing and hit, and the club loft will take care of getting the ball into the air.  You don’t have to clobber the ball either.  A lot of golfers learning to hit your fairway woods will use as much force as possible to hit their ball.  That can be a mistake.

    Instead, concentrate on getting a smooth and controlled swing, and keeping it on the correct swing path.  Do this, and you’ll get the ball up into the air and heading toward the target.

  6. Think about your club use.  Once you’ve learned to hit your fairway woods it can be tempting to use them in the wrong situations.

    If you find yourself a good distance from the green, and you’ve got trees in the way, the fairway wood is probably not the right club.  Your irons can get you back in play, rather than trying to bash the ball through the trees and onto the green.  Knowing when to hit your fairway woods is as important as knowing how to use them.

  7. Practice, practice, practice.  That’s the only real way to learn these clubs.  Go to a driving range and use them.  Observe the distance you get with each one, and work on cleanly hitting the ball.

The bottom line is this: Fairway woods can be useful tools in the certain situations, and when you learn how to hit your fairway woods properly, you will see an improvement in your overall game.

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