Your ball just doesn’t get the height you want, rarely rising above the tree lines. You’re struggling with the 3-wood off the deck.
As an amateur, your struggle is not unique; it is common. However, most of your problem may lie in your head. You’re thinking about it incorrectly.
So, what’s the problem, and how can you fix it?
First, you just don’t practice the fairway shot. You may practice tee shots or putts. But the fairway shot is so unpredictable.
That lack of experience and relative unfamiliarity can put you in an unstable and stressful position, which leads to overthinking the shot or trying too hard.
Landing your ball on the green requires making solid, center-face contact. Swinging full and hard to produce loft doesn’t accomplish your objective.
Relax. Swing your club easy while maintaining a smooth pace. Don’t make adjustments during the swing hoping to get ball lift. Deliberate moves in your swing usually lead to the opposite effect, which sends your ball rolling or bouncing rather than flying home.
In a nutshell, the secret to successful fairway shots is to maintain a smooth swing and a steady posture. Mentally, imagine the ball merely getting in the way of a beautiful, graceful swing. You’re swinging through the ball; you’re not trying to hit it.
Tip adapted from GolfDigest[i]
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