Using fairway woods requires knowing when to use them, as well as how to swing with a fairway wood. Learn how to use fairway woods properly 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 use fairway woods. Well, there's a couple of ways you can approach that. One is the technique of how to swing a fairway wood, and the other is when you should use a fairway wood. The materials we'll need for this today, naturally, is a golf ball and a fairway wood and a place to practice. You can do a lot of this around the house, in a mirror; anywhere you can swing that you feel that it's sweeping through. But a fairway wood actually is meant to; it's when you're playing the game and you've hit your first shot off the tea and it's, your longest iron won't get there. So, it's a fill-in club between your driver and your irons. So you could play; if it's a long hole and you've hit, say you got 200 per, plus yards to go to the green, you're probably going to need to hit a fairway wood. Most people tend to hit fairway woods that aren't' have enough loft on. And I think most people would be much better off with a five wood, which would be up around sixteen, seventeen degrees than they would, we would a three wood, which is more like a, a thirteen degrees or fourteen degrees of loft. Remember, loft is your friend. Okay. But to hit, to hit fairway wood itself again, really all we need to do is just to keep that ball back in our stance, about one ball width from where you would play your driver; nice light grip and then just feel like you just trust yourself. Just let, let the golf club swing through there. We don't want to try to hit down on it; we don't want to try to lift up on it. So, a little more loft on your fairway woods. Instead of up off your heel like you would have a driver, we want it back about a ball length or so; still tilted head over the right leg. Now we just got to trust ourselves and just let ourselves swing through the golf ball. This is Conan Elliott, and that's how to use fairway woods.