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Strike Your Fairway Woods Perfect Every Time

Being able to consistently hit your fairway woods shortens the golf course and will help you shoot lower scores. In this video, PGA Professional Jack Backhouse shows you how.

 

The fairway wood is a polarising piece of equipment in the golf bag for many players. It is a club that is required on many occasions in the round but one that many golfers fear due to consistently poor strikes. In the video below, PGA Professional Jack Backhouse explains how to strike your fairway woods perfect every time.

Why are the fairway woods so important?

Most mid-handsappers will find themselves in a situation to hit a fairway wood 4-8 times per round. This could be on long par 4s or a second shot up a par 5, but what happens with this shot is a huge determining factor in your overall score for the day.

With the club shaft being so long and the head having such little loft, unfortunately, a poor shot with a fairway wood shot is basically like a penalty shot – the ball is often topped or hit heavy, travelling less than 100 yards. This often leaves the next shot still a long iron, hybrid or fairway wood away, meaning we have to go through the same rollercoaster all over again!

A good strike with a fairway wood will leave you less than a full shot with a wedge into the green, so it essential to get this part of your game right.

dustin johnson fairway wood

Common Fairway Wood Faults

Although we all have different swings and different faults, there are only really 2 major faults I see players do when hitting a fairway wood poorly. They are:

  • trying to lift the ball up in the air
  • hanging back

What you as a golfer must understand is that these clubs are packed with technology to help the ball get up in the air, with a low centre of gravity and perimeter weighting, so you don’t need to help it up at all. We actually want to hit this club more like a hybrid and long iron more than we do like a driver, hitting down 1 to 2 inches ahead of the ball.

lifting the club up

Technique Adjustments For Better Strikes

We can make some changes to our techniques that will help up hit the golf ball better with our fairway woods. these are:

  • play the ball position 1 club head in from the front heel
  • shift our hips closer to the target and our weight further forwards
  • shallow our swing plane

Doing these 3 things will help your wood hit the ground in the right place, and advance the ball down the hole further. First and foremost we must strike the ball well for there to be any point in using these clubs, and doing these 3 changes will help you.

bowler drill

Drills To Improve

There are 2 drills that will really help you put the ball on the green more with your fairway woods. these are:

  • Bowler drill – this is where you set your trail foot way back and stand on your lead leg and hit shots, feeling your weight and low point forwards. This also helps you hit the ball from the inside.
  • Connect arms drill – connect your triceps to your ribcage and make some swings where they do not become disconnected. This will help you shallow out your swing plane, help you hit a draw shot and hit the ball further

Drills are an essential part of learning and skill development, make sure whenever you make changes or try to improve you have some drills to work on!

If you want to watch some more of Jack’s swing tips instruction videos, you can get to his YouTube Technique Tips playlist by clicking here. Please check out our other instruction articles if you liked this how to video on striking your fairway woods perfect every time!

If you are interested in seeking further information from Jack that is more specific to your golf game, you can book an in-person or online golf lesson by clicking here.

Jack Backhouse

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Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching, teaching golf to beginners and top-level amateurs for 10+ years. He also loves his golf equipment and analysing the data of the latest clubs on the market using launch monitors, specialising in blade irons and low-spinning drivers despite having a chronically low ball flight.

Although Jack has no formal journalism training, He has been reading What's In The Bag articles since he started playing at 12 and studying golf swings since his dad first filmed his swing to reveal one of the worst over-the-top slice swings he reckons has ever been recorded, which set him off on the path to be a coach. His favourite club ever owned was a Ping G10 driver bought from a local top amateur with the hope that some of the quality golf shots would come with it (they didn't), and worst was a Nike SQ driver he only bought because Tiger was using it.

Jack is a member of Sand Moor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to prepare for tournaments. Jack uses a TaylorMade BRNR Mini driver, a half set of TaylorMade P7MB irons, MG4 wedges and a TaylorMade TP Reserve putter.

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