Why not consider taking a more controlled swing with a longer club to hit more greens in regulation? Golf Digest wrote a great article about how Justin Rose is getting the most out of his 3-Wood. I just wanted to share the key points. You may find (like most golfers) that you often need to use fairway woods and hybrids to reach greens and lower your score.
Swinging every club at 80% and in full control with a smooth transition and balanced finish are the key factors to lowering you score. Too much emphasis is placed on club head speed and distance. Save that for your driver. Trying to get the most distance out of every club is for the professional. Calm down and enjoy the game.
Justin Rose said that his 3 wood is the most important club in his bag. It sets the tone for his day. You hit driver on the upswing and catch irons and wedges with a downward blow. “A 3-wood demands a neutral strike: You can’t be steep or shallow.”
Setup: He takes a very balanced position. Then he squeezes his shoulder blades together and lets them relax so that they feel very wide. (Try this as a wake-up call to your brain for your next great swing.)
Key Move: Let the Arms Drop “When I start the downswing, I let my arms drop halfway down as my shoulders stay closed to the target. I often rehearse this move as part of my pre-shot routine. It counteracts a tendency I’ve had of unwinding my shoulders too early (does this sound familiar?), which forces me to slow down so the club can catch up at impact. The harder I try to rip a shot, the more this problem shows up.
By dropping my arms to start down, my wrists naturally hold their angle with the shaft (in a 90 degree lag position), and it’s easier to approach the ball from the inside. As you can see here, my back is still facing the target. From this point, my hips will whip through in unison with my arms. It’s an incredibly powerful and stable feeling.”
Casting the club from the top is a major downfall for weekend warriors. Dropping your straight leading arm, holding the lag in your wrist (at 90 degrees) and shifting your weight forward (almost lunging) are so critical to create distance (without trying to kill the ball).
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