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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Rick Shiels on Hitting Fairway Woods (Video)

This short video teaches you how to hit fairway woods solidly rather than topping them. What Rick says is good but I'm going to try and simplify it even more.

The basic concept is that you need to hit slightly down on the ball as you hit it. Not news, is it? That's the idea with pretty much every shot except tee shots, where you swing slightly upward.

A fairway wood has a very wide flat bottom, which means it's okay for it to hit the ground instead of the leading edge of the clubhead. That will make a very shallow divot, which will work very nicely for a ball sitting on the ground instead of a tee.

And Rick says the basic thing you need to change to get this strike is the ball position. He gives us a few ways to describe this position -- just ahead of the center of your stance, same position as a 4-iron, under your lead pec -- all of which may or may not help you.

Let's use the description that is really helpful and easy to repeat.

Set up so the head of the fairway wood is directly under your breastbone.

Why is that helpful? Because if the ball is just in front of the clubhead after you place the fairway wood's head just under your breastbone, the ball will be in the correct place.

Then just make your swing. You should hit the ball solidly without topping it.

It doesn't get much simpler than that. Give it a try and see if it doesn't help your fairway wood shots.

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