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If you swing up on a fairway wood you will never hit it in the middle of the face or the sweet spot. Its just the way how I psychologize myself Move the ball a bit back in your stance.
The driver is the only club you should play directly inside you front foot. Like most clubs, you actually want to hit the ball on the down swing or sweep it so you catch the ball on a level plane coming in. I just joined the F fairway wood club this weekend. Picked a 19 up at a good price minimal cash outlay by trading my Superfast and Perfect ball flight with C3 setting.
I used to have the same problem. I always topped the ball off the fairway when I needed it most. However, my swing thought with a 3-wood is to hit down on the ball and take some ground. When I swing through, in reality, I do not take a divot and make very clean contact.
For your slicing problem, you need to focus on working your wrists around. In your mind, picture that top wrist turning over to close the face. This has helped me and I hope it works for you also! What is your loft?
Contemporary 3 woods at 15 degrees are closer to older brassies, the 2 wood. Traditional 3 woods are 16 to 17 degrees. Where are you placing the ball? Traditionally you play all fairway woods a few inches away from your forward foot toward the center of your stance.
Do not play it any where near where you play your driver. How are you hitting hit? This is because current fairway woods are metal and are easier to hit. Earlier it was taught to hit SLIGHTLY down and take a slight divot with persimmon or maple woods although pre-metal books have also recommended a level, sweeping swing.
How tall is the face of the club? Shallow face clubs have a lower center of gravity and are much easier to hit. Traditional size 3 woods often are too tall in the face and need a strong swing to launch the ball and slightly downward strike helps to add back spin.
I place the ball about 3 inches off my left heel but it depends more on where the club naturally sets up with its own offset. By the way, I have the same symptoms as you and they are mostly swing faults like looking up too soon and swinging across the ball. The club gets way outside the proper path and then slams across the ball as I try in vain to square it.
As far as the slice I used to have the same issue- film yourself to make sure you are not overswinging and try to feel like your arms start the downswing instead of the hips. March 29, at I have found that when I slice the ball my back foot is lifting up before impact causing ymself to slide ahead of the ball. Justin, remember the longer the shaft the flatter your swing plane will be.
The 3 wood will be much flatter than say a 7 iron. Fairway woods are hit the best when they sweep the ball off the deck so you are going to take little or no divot at all. The slice is most likely coming from an open club face coming from outside to in on your downswing. Let's look at some basics. Make sure that when you grip your club, that the 'V's' of both hands point at your right shoulder. At address, try moving your left foot back a little this is a closed stance. Start the back swing with your shoulders and not your hands and on the down swing try to come from the inside to out.
You can lay down a head cover behind and just to the outside of the golf ball to accomplish this. If you hit the head cover first you are coming over the top or from the outside to in. If you hit the ball without hitting the head cover you are making the correct swing path and if the club face is not open because you are gripping it right the ball should go straight or have a slight draw.
Please sign in to comment. Quintin H Morehead, KY. This is called "trying to help the ball up", and it is a bad thing. Even if you are hitting driver off the deck you swing down at the ball. I'll hit the range tomorrow and try that out. Just want to ensure I understand it correctly I often have this issue! But how long will you keep doing the same thing expecting different results?
John L Dewey, OK. March 31, at You should experiment with it and find the correct position for you. If you pull it, hit it thin or slice the ball, check to see if your ball position is too far left. They swing too hard trying to hit it far. So before swinging it with more power, try to hit it on the sweet spot first. If you think you can hit it on the sweet spot every time, start increasing your swing speed.
When you grab your 3-wood, you might start thinking about hitting it as far as you can. But this approach usually won't give you the good results. But if you use your 3-wood only on the tee shot, the deep face 3-wood might be easier to hit. In that case, don't worry about switching it to shallow face 3-wood. In general, you should sweep the ball with your fairway woods. But lots of good players take a small divot with their 3 woods like Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan.
But try not to help the ball in the air by trying to lift the ball with your 3-wood. This will cause you to hit it thin or fat. With longer clubs, you will slice more because longer clubs has less loft.
Less loft will take ball spin off the ball. But when your clubface angle is off at impact, clubs with less loft will create more side spin.
So it's easier to slice it with your 3-wood. To fix your slice with 3-wood, try to the following. For your right hand, instead of placing it on top of the grip, try to grip it from the right side of your grip club.
This will give you stronger grip that helps you turn the clubface over through impact for a draw. When hitting fairway woods, players tend to swing up on the ball and end up topping the ball or hitting it fat.
The tendency to scope the ball will also cause slice. Because the fairway woods have a lager sole than your irons, you should try to slide your fairway woods through the grass.
Also, check the position of your hands at address. If your hands are positioned in front of your zipper, that's too far right. This will cause lots of slice.