There is no doubt that distance is a huge benefit, so much so that Jack Nicklaus once famously said he’d rather have a wedge from the rough than a three iron from the fairway.
Most club players will understand the point and probably share his sentiments and there is no doubt that many of the modern players appear to favour distance over accuracy.
Unfortunately most club players will not posses anywhere near the kind of power of today’s top professionals and therefore missing the fairway will often lead to an inability to get near the green in regulation.
Hitting fairways from the tee is therefore essential and will definitely save shots, lower scores and make the game more enjoyable. Introducing the following steps will give you more chance of achieving this.
Aim & relax
Be specific about where you want the ball to finish and aim on this line. Ensure there is no tension in the arms, hands or shoulders as you take your position over the ball.
Watch your ball position
It is very common for amateurs to play the ball too far forward in their stance in an attempt to hit up on the ball. This leads to open shoulders and a club face that points left of the target. Position the ball more inside the left heel to avoid these tendencies.
Don’t over stretch
Your set up position should see the arms hanging naturally from the shoulders, not stretched out for a ball that it is too far away.
Commit to your target
Any attempt to steer, guide, prod or poke the ball down the fairway will generally result in the complete opposite of the desired outcome. Make a free swing through, rather than ‘at’ the ball and straighter shots will follow.
Follow the flight
Contrary to what many amateurs are told or believe keeping your head down is actually bad advice. Allow your eyes to follow the flight of the ball towards the target, which will help the free turn through the ball.
Hold the finish
Not for too long, but being able to hold your finish once you have completed the swing is a sure sign that you have swung within yourself, another key to finding more fairways.