How to hit with fairway woods involves a bit of trust and some practice. Discover the secret behind hitting with fairway woods with advice from an experienced golf instructor in this free video on golf shot tips.
Hello, my name is Conan Elliott and I'm Director of Instruction here at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, Washington. Today we're going to talk about how to hit Fairway Woods. The materials you need for this is a Fairway Wood such as a 5-wood, a 3-wood, a 7-wood, whichever Fairway Wood you happen to have. They're all the same. They just have different lofts and lengths and we need a golf ball and particularly a place to practice. Fairway Woods are probably one of the hardest things for most players to hit because of the lack of loft on the club and the fact that the ball is down on the ground. So, it takes an awful lot of trust. Fairway Woods actually bring the ball up in the air quite easily if you trust it. It's when you get into a mindset of trying to lift the ball into the air or to hit down onto the ball to make contact, that's when we get in trouble with our Fairway Woods. It's more of a sweeping motion and it's very close to a driver's swing except the ball isn't played as much forward. So, if I was going to hit a driver, my ball would be up off my heel lined up just inside my front heel. With a Fairway Wood I'm going to move that ball back about one ball length. So, it's still left of center so we catch a sweeping motion but not as far forward as a driver. So, we can, we want that club to work right across, right across the ground, right on its bottom. The sole of a Fairway Wood is made to work onto the ground, not the edge to dig but the bottom to actually just work swish, across the bottom of the ground. As I said most of it takes, is just faith and trust. If you'll just swing the club and let the club do its job, it's designed to do it. So, get a good grip, get a good stance, make sure that ball is just a little back of where your driver would be and then just be smooth and let the club work through there. The club goes and gets the ball, picks it in the air, you don't have to do much work. This is Conan Elliott, and that's how to use Fairway Woods.