Unless you’re one of those rare golfers who has dedicated a lot of practice time to hitting your driver off the deck, your 3-metal is likely the longest club in your bag that you’ll use when your golf ball is lying directly on the turf. The 3-metal’s long shaft (43 inches is standard) places you considerably farther away from the ball than you are with an iron, resulting in a flatter swing plane that can make clean contact a challenge.
Fortunately, Titleist staff members Cameron McCormick and Corey Lundberg have distilled a few simple keys that will improve your consistency and quality of strike when you need to go for it on par-5s and long par-4s.
As Cameron and Corey explain, there are two important fundamentals to keep in mind when hitting your fairway metals off the turf.
1. Control the body. You need to turn around your spine and keep your spine stable throughout the swing, without excessive body movement up, back or away, further from the ball.
2. Control the radius of the swing. Developing a wide, low arc will help you to create extension and width through impact, crucial for center-face contact and maximum speed.
Give Cameron and Corey’s drills a try and see how they can help you to hit, solid, true shots with your fairway metals.
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