Woods off the fairway and amateurs often don't tend to mix too well. Elite coach Dan Whittaker explains what we can learn from the Ryder Cup star
Let’s look at Tommy Fleetwood here in Turkey. Given he has got 227 yards to the hole this looks like Fleetwood has hit a 5-wood here. The height certainly looks like the more lofted fairway wood.
There is so much to be said for carrying more loft in your fairway woods. Instruction wise we still need the slight descending blow and to have the ball a bit more forward in the stance to get the right strike and compression on the ball but the beauty here is how smooth he swings at the ball.
Amateurs think fairway woods are generally hard to hit but often they could do with some more loft.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) November 3, 2018
What to practise: If you haven’t got one in the bag try one this winter. The modern trend is for everything to launch lower and the ball spins less but we are playing to greens that are firmer.
Here in Turkey the fairway wood was a great option. Tiger would always switch between a 2-iron and a 5-wood and he said something along the lines that it’s so much less work to hit it high and soft than with the 2-iron where you have to work a lot harder with it. There is a lot to be said for a chippy, fairway wood swing.
Dan Whittaker is an elite golf swing and performance coach based at High Legh. For more information, visit his website.