Fairway woods - sweep or strike down?

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Fairway woods - sweep or strike down?

Post by Conehead on Mon 18 Mar 2013, 4:06 pm

I've always been fairly decent off the ground with my woods, especially my 5 wood and i've always followed the 'sweeping' rule with my woods.

At my last lesson the pro suggested I should start hitting down on my woods like I do with my irons.

I have practiced on the range and seem to be getting about 20 extra yards out of my strikes but i'm losing consistency.

I seem to be getting a very varied response from the players I play with on how they hit their fairway woods and was wondering how everyone on here hits them and to what degree of success you have with your chosen technique.

I'm sure the pro can sort out my lack of consistency when hitting down but just interested about everyone else's approach

Cheers

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Re: Fairway woods - sweep or strike down?

Post by SetupDeterminesTheMotion on Mon 18 Mar 2013, 4:16 pm

I've been having problems with my 3 wood over the last month or so.

I keep topping the ball with my 3 wood. However when I hit my 5 wood I don't have a problem. I hit it right on the button & it flies 200-210 yds, no problem.

But my 3 wood............top, top, top, top...........aaaaaaaaaaaaargh furious

Even when I practice swing with my 3 wood I can't make myself brush the grass. I know what I'm doing just can't correct it.

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Re: Fairway woods - sweep or strike down?

Post by barragan on Mon 18 Mar 2013, 4:26 pm

Depends on your swingspeed apparently. Male pro's tend to hit down , but females sweep a bitmore (tour ave. approx2.5deg down and 0.9deg down respectively)

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Re: Fairway woods - sweep or strike down?

Post by Roller_Coaster on Tue 19 Mar 2013, 8:49 am

I've no idea what I do. Now I have something I'll undoubtedly think about when spanking the next fairway wood 95 yards right of target (although I guess it implies I strike at it. Badly!)

Didn't use a fairway on Saturday but was goaded into the driver off the deck as I'd hit the fairway on a par 5 (it's the rules you know!). Set up for the inevitable cut, cue lovely, big penetrating draw into the mangoes.

Fairly bad golf shot in terms of the hole but strangely pleasing nonetheless.

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Re: Fairway woods - sweep or strike down?

Post by navyblueshorts on Tue 19 Mar 2013, 1:37 pm

Has to be a strike down but it's marginal. You're not aiming to hit divots after all.

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Re: Fairway woods - sweep or strike down?

Post by SetupDeterminesTheMotion on Wed 20 Mar 2013, 3:25 pm

Having looked at a Butch Harman video, yesterday, regarding topping. His explanation sounds about right.

No not lifting your head, but straighting up the old knees. Thus moving the club to a higher plane, thus topping the ball.

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