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So how can I hit a better 3-wood from the fairway? Now a lot of the difficulty in this shot can be solved by taking an absolutely perfect setup position. If your setup position is correct hitting a 3-wood off the fairway, it doesn’t have to be so difficult and it can become a great weapon on your game as well. So to setup with the 3-wood off the fairway the first thing we need to do is to make sure the ball is just inside the left heel. Now if you approach the ball with both of the toes pointing forwards, take a little step with your left foot, and then a bigger step with your right foot so the feet is shoulder width apart and the ball will automatically fall just inside the left heel. With the rest of the setup you want the butt end of the club pointing towards the belt and the shoulders to be tilted slightly away from the target. And this will get you in a lovely solid setup position to actually sweep the ball away. And that’s the next thing you need to make sure you do is that you sweep the ball off the surface.

You don’t want to be digging down into the ground with your 3-wood because it needs to be a nice shallow arc through the ball. After you’ve actually swept it cleanly off the surface the last thing is to make sure you finish in a nice fall finish position facing the target. This will ensure that you’ve swept the ball off the surface and you’ve actually followed through to a nice finish position and you’ve not left anything on the back foot. So to go through the setup is getting the ball just inside the left heel, the butt end of the club pointing at the belt, shoulders tilted slightly away from the target, and you want to be sweeping the ball away and finishing in a nice fall finish position.

Now the one thing you don’t want to be doing with your 3-wood is actually trying to help it up into the air. The last thing you want to be doing is coming through, staying on the back foot, and trying to flick it with the hands. This all calls the shot out of the bottom of the club sending it very low and very thin. You want to be concentrating on sweeping the ball off the surface and then coming up to a full finish position.