Me And My Golf Tips: Rip Your Fairway Woods

The main reason golfers struggle with fairway woods – especially from the turf – is that the club bottoms out too early, meaning the low part of the swing occurs before the ball. This is down to poor intent as well as technique. Golfers often use a fairway wood like a driver, which may work off the tee, but from the ground, having the ball forward and hitting up on it is likely to cause thin or heavy contacts.

With a fairway wood, you want to impart a slightly downward blow. To do this, you need to move the ball position back to a couple of inches inside the left heel and place slightly more weight on the front leg. From here, just make your normal golf swing – the only changes should be in the set-up. A balanced finish, with the body line vertical and most of the weight on the left leg, indicates that you haven’t

The correct set-up is key to hitting your fairway wood effectively attempted to help the ball up by hanging back on your trailing leg. By upping the pressure on your lead leg to 55 per cent, you’ll encourage a slightly downward hit on the ball which should enhance both distance and accuracy with this important and versatile club.

The other thing to consider once you’ve implemented these important changes is the loft of your fairway wood. Now you’re hitting down on the ball, you may benefit from adding more loft. With the TaylorMade M1 fairway wood, you can make that adjustment and undertake some trial and error until you achieve your desired ball flight.

You can also adjust the settings over time should you make some swing changes that might require different launch conditions to optimise overall performance.