The club golfer historically attempts to copy what they see the Tour stars doing on TV, which more than often results in dropped shots as they may not have the ability to pull the shot off.
However, there’s no harm in experimenting with your game and attempting some of these more difficult shots. So here are some tips if you’re going to copy the Pros and take your driver from the fairway…
It could be argued that given the design of drivers these days, attempting to hit them off the deck is not the best idea, especially if maximum distance is the motivation to try it.
Due to the faces being so deep it is almost impossible to get contact anywhere near the centre of the clubface, even if a divot is taken.
With that said however, it can still be a very useful shot to have in your armoury especially when it is very windy and, contrary to what many believe, it is actually quite safe as long as consideration has been given to the following:
1. The lie is good and the ball is sitting up nicely
2. You have a level stance
3. There is no trouble to carry
4. You don’t struggle with your driver from a tee or with your fairway woods
5. Your fairway wood or hybrid won’t deliver the distance required.
The only other thing to avoid is putting the ball further forward in the stance which historically was always advised when playing this shot.
Doing so will generally result in the ball being hit out the bottom of a closed clubface, which even if allowed for by aiming right will significantly affect the way the ball flies.