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How to Hit a 5 Wood

Tiger Wood once talked about how he hit his 5 wood. He mentioned 4 key points.

1. Position the ball few inches inside left heel
2. Make sure your right shoulder is lower than left at address
3. Keep your chin up at address and during the golf swing
4. It’s ok to take thin divot with a slightly descending blow

You might wonder whether you should sweep the ball or hit it with a descending blow with your 5 wood. But Tiger Woods said it's ok to hit it with a descending blow.

If you have a good lie, then you can go ahead and sweep the ball. But if the ball is sitting down in the grass or in the rough, you should hit it with a descending blow.

Ball Position

Tiger mentioned that you should play the ball few inches inside your left heel. You need to find the right position for your golf swing.

If you draw the ball, you might want to move it little more to the right. If you fade the ball, you might want to move it little more to the left.

When we grab the club with longer shaft and less loft like 5 wood, we tend to play the ball more toward the left foot because it makes us feel like we have more time to accelerate the clubhead before impact, or it might make us feel like we can hit the ball higher.

But playing the ball too much left will make your shoulders align left. This means you are open to the target. You will easily hit slice from this position.

If you try to hit the draw from this position, you will hit a duck hook or push it to the right with a slice spin on the ball.

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