Fairway wood set-up

If you’re having difficulties with your fairway wood shots it might be time for a change in the way you think. Start by asking yourself the following question: Are you better with your driver or your irons? The answer may then dictate how you approach your fairway woods in a better way.

If your driver is more reliable, you should use a very similar address position. Move the ball forward in your stance (not quite as far as you would with your driver), I’d say about 3 inches inside the left foot is good. Then tilt your spine away from the target slightly to help you create the sweeping motion you are looking for. This ideally is how to strike your fairway woods. From here, make a normal swing and you should produce a high penetrating flight with plenty of carry.

If your irons are more reliable than your driver, move the ball slightly further back than what I said previously (go back about another inch or so) in your stance so that your hands are now above the ball at address. Your shoulders will be more level and you’ll create a steeper angle of attack into the golf ball (don’t be afraid to take a small shallow divot, that’s okay!). The ball flight here will be slightly lower and you’ll get much more roll after landing.

Don’t be afraid to test these both out to find which one works for you. These fairway wood tips could transform your golf adding power, consistency and accuracy to your long game.

1 Driver Address

Move the ball forward, so the ball is about an inch inside the left foot and tilt your shoulders so your spine is angled away from the target.

2 Iron Address

Move the ball more towards the middle of your stance. Your shoulders should be closer to parallel to the ground and your hands will be towards your left hip.

3 Angle of attack

With the irons, your angle of attack into the ball will be steeper producing a divot through impact and a lower flight.