Oxhey Park

Long Game - Fairway Shots

The Tip: 

AIM

  • Pre shot routine – select an intermediate target
  • Aim the blade square to the target line
  • The body should be parallel to the target line

HOLD

  • As normal

SET UP

  • Your stance should narrow slightly as the club gets shorter
  • Ensure that your weight favours the balls of your feet and evenly between left and right
  • Position the ball depending on the club – centre on a full wedge and move it forward to inside of left heel for a wood shot
  • Your arms should hang naturally with your elbows comfortably pressed towards each other

BACK SWING

  • Your take away should be initiated by a turning of your shoulders
  • Width is key throughout
  • At the top – look for the following – weight favours inside of right leg / posture has remained constant / full shoulder turn with sternum over right leg / shaft faces target

THROUGH SWING

  • Transition move is key – arms swing down as weight transfers into front foot and body unwinds. This allows club to approach ball from an inside path
  • At impact your weight will favour your front, however your sternum should be behind the ball and your posture constant
  • Your right shoulder will turn under your chin as you extend towards the target ensuring that your club presses into the back of the ball (a feeling of pushing is good)
  • Finish facing the target in balance

PRACTICE/DRILLS

  • Hold arms across chest and make slow motion pivots
  • Make practice swings and aim to brush the ground