Two Chapters in the Book of Golf

How often have you had a round of golf when you hit your driver
well but couldn’t hit a good iron shot. Or just as often hit irons
well but couldn’t hit the driver in the fairway. This is a common
occurrence with many players until you realize that fairway shots
and tee shots are not hit the same way.
How often have you had a round of golf when you hit your driver well but couldn’t hit a good iron shot. Or just as often hit irons well but couldn’t hit the driver in the fairway. This is a common occurrence with many players until you realize that fairway shots and tee shots are not hit the same way.

I tell my students that the book of golf has two chapters. Hitting a tee shot with your driver is in one chapter and hitting fairway shots of the ground is in another chapter. If you try to apply the same principals to both shots, one of them is not going to work.

The main differences in the two shots is balance and “angle of attack.” With a fairway shot, the majority of your weight needs to be on your left leg at impact. This helps get the club traveling on the downward arc to strike the ball. It encourages hitting the ball first with your hands in front of the clubhead and ball then taking a divot. With a tee shot with your driver the weight is behind the ball at impact pushing into the hitting area. With the weight behind the ball it makes the bottom of the arc of the swing behind the ball. When this happens, the club head then starts traveling upward and sweeps the ball off the tee and your hands are slightly behind the ball at impact.

So next time you practice, work on switching between these to swing thoughts. It will improve both parts of your game.

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