Learn these fairway essentials from set-up to finish. In this Tip of the Week, we’ll explore the must-know essentials for solid shots from the fairway. It begins at set-up and ends at your finish. Our focus is to eliminate the not-so-solid shots that go nowhere to solid, on-target and on the green for more GIR shots!
The game of golf loves to challenge us. My ball flew the green and landed on a downhill slope leaving me an uphill shot back to the green. I have a decent lie which is a good start. If we left it at that, that would be fine and dandy, I’ve got that shot.
High or Low? Vary your finish to get it close There are many options to get the ball close. Oftentimes, you can explore landing it in front of the green and let it roll up, or go for a higher trajectory and land it closer to the pin. In this week’s tip of the week, we’ll do just that. For a lower trajectory, try a PW, 9-iron, or 7-iron. Tempo is key with these shots. If you get too quick, the ball will shoot off the face and travel past the pin. For a higher trajectory, try your Gap, Sand or Lob Wedge. Make a bigger swing to carry the ball to its landing spot. Expect less roll. A smooth tempo with a complete finish is critical with this shot. So get creative and have some fun from 100 yards and in by varying your trajectory!
Play off the tee smarter, because sometimes… a driver is not the best choice.
Just because you are on the tee box, doesn’t mean your obligated to use a driver. If you rip your driver and end up in the fairway bunker, where’s the advantage?
Many players struggle with shots from the fairway. That’s a fact. Topped or fat, bad shots from the fairway are a frustrating experience. A top culprit is the disconnect syndrome. Disconnection translates to minimal turn, back and through. Instead, our arms take over, which sends us on wild ride to nowhere.
In this Tip of the Week, let’s address a top culprit of Slices & Hooks. Alignment.
If you are not properly aligned, then you will need to do some fancy maneuvers to get your ball back on target… and to be honest… this is oftentimes too much work.
Range-time: Lay shafts down at the range. One at your feet and one on your target line. Make sure these shafts are parallel to each other, then simply set yourself to match the shafts!
A solid set-up is the first step to solid shots from the fairway. As you address the ball, ensure that you are bending from your hip joints with an athletic knee flex and that your shoulders are in line with your toes.
The takeaway is initiated by your hands, arms and shoulders working together as one unit. I am maintaining contact with my front arm and upper chest as I take the club away, this allows my hands to stay close to my body and the clubhead to remain outside my hands. Half way back, my club is parallel to the target line and the connection still intact with my front arm and upper chest.
As I continue to turn, this connection remains intact.
Common tendencies include: • A disconnection from my front arm and upper chest. This typically causes our hands to travel too far from our bodies. • A shut face half way back where the clubface is pointing to the ground, typically sending balls left. • A flying elbow at the top of the backswing, which also screams disconnection during the takeaway. • Dragging the club too inside is also a no-no and typically results in a swing plane that is too flat, where my arm line sits below my shoulder line. It can also shut the clubface.
So work on a more connected takeaway for more solid shots from the fairway.
In this Tip of the Week, we improve our iron play with a focus on set-up and posture. Posture is a biggie. I see a lot women come out of their posture in the back or downswing. I share some personal tips that help me stay in it to win it. Plus, I share set-up and execute essentials for solid shots from the fairway!
In this Tip of the Week, we’ll discuss our woods. A love-hate club for many golfers.
I see many players top their woods in an effort to help the ball into the air. Woods are intended to be swept off the turf with little or no divot. Their wider sole and bigger head make it easier to get the club on the ball, than an iron. In fact, the 3-wood goes a mile and is perfect for getting through intimidating areas on the course. Let’s go over the key points to get you sweeping it a mile!
Get your science books out! If you want more pars, let’s talk Newton. Newton’s Third Law to be exact. Our feet are our only connection to the ground. With our golf game, it is critical that we know how to leverage that connection for max distance.