GOLF TIPS – HOW TO HIT MORE FAIRWAYS WITH YOUR DRIVER


– Welcome back to Naples, Florida. I’m Adam Bazalgette, two time PGA Teacher of the Year Award Winner, founder of Scratch Golf Academy, and today’s subject’s a great one. I hope it’s of interest to you, how to hit more fairways, stay tuned. (dramatic music) So how to hit more fairways,
hey, we all wanna do that. I’m gonna show you a couple of the things in this video that I think are really practical and can help you hit more fairways. And then one things that’s
a real misconception, and that could affect
your strategy as well. You get that sorted out, it’ll help you. If you like the video, please
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Z regards to driver. Okay, let’s get started. Okay, so first thing you have to do, understand this, launch monitor data over the last 10 years us without question that most golfers will deliver the club to the ball in any series of swings in a pretty repeatable way in terms of angle of attack and direction of swing. That may not be ideal, it may not be the kind of thing you want in an ideal world for your
270 yard straight drive, but it will tend to be pretty consistent. What does intend to be consistent is point of contact on the face, and face angle at the moment of contact. And believe me, if you’re hitting one in the heel, one high on the face, the face is open on one,
et cetera, et cetera. If those two factors are unstable, you’re not gonna hit that many fairways, you’re just not gonna have the same kind of repeatable ball
pattern that you need. So you cannot go out there and try to control your swing too much. If you think too much consciously in the act of hitting a
drive on the golf course, there’s no way your conscious mind can manage contact and club
face at that kind of speed. It’s just a known fact, so let me preface that by saying, Nick Faldo, I was lucky enough to be around him a fair bit, I’ve mentioned this on other videos back in my early Leadbetter days, he always liked to have a couple of things he was working on when he played. He would always have one in the backswing, and swing forward in the forward swing, and he won six majors so it
didn’t hurt him for sure, but he was able to do it where they were just keys, he liked
a certain thing he would feel but he never tried to over
manage a swing out there. So you can work on stuff, you can have a priority in your swing, but you gotta keep your mind free. I like the way Tiger Woods used to do it, I like the way he used
to do a lot of things. And he would get over the pre-shot, he would kind of rehearse those couple of things he was working on. He’d shape himself a finish he thought worked for the shot he was trying to hit, and then he just let it
go, he’d just trust it. No doubt he would feel those things, but he wouldn’t over-control it. So that’s number one, if you’re gonna hit fairways, you have to have
a pretty quiet, relaxed mind, or you’re just not gonna make manage contact in the club face. Let’s have a look at another one. So next thing here, is
let’s say, alignment. Believe me, a lot of tee markers in a round of golf will
aim you into trouble if you’re not savvy to it, if you can’t correct your alignment, or get into the alignment you want, you’re gonna struggle a little bit. You may find, as well, you’re
playing in a crosswind. I cannot tell you the amount of times I played with someone who slices the ball a little bit,
there’s a slice wind going and there’s trouble on the right, but guess what, they just plunk the tee down and stand right in there. There’s no margin for
error if you do that. And you might find if
it’s a wide teeing area. Let’s say if we’re out of
bounds over on the left, here. If it’s a wide tee-off, tee
off on the side of the trouble. It’ll mean you’re hitting a
little bit more away from it. Now, these things don’t matter a whole lot if you make a perfect swing
and hit your best shot, but it’s these marginal
shots in a round of golf where if you’re sloppy and inconsistent lining up off the tee, you’re gonna really cost yourself some shots. So what I would recommend,
do the Jack Nicholas thing of the intermediate
target, you can’t beat it. Now I’ve put a little
tee in the ground here, just because on camera you may not be able to see the subtle imperfections, and I’ll grant you, there aren’t a whole lot of imperfections
here on Mediterra. But pick out something, an old divet, a broken tee, a little
clover or something, just a couple of feet ahead from where you wanna hit,
get yourself in there, and go ahead and tee up right behind that. And that gives you a fantastically easy thing to relate to, you just get your club lined up and go
ahead and hit it there, and it really gives you confidence. So even if the tee’s aimed way over here, you pick something on the target you wanna go at, tee it right behind that, and so on and so on, playing for the wind or whatever, it’ll give you a lot more consistency
in your alignment. So keep your mind clear,
and align consistently well. It couldn’t be any easier on a tee, ’cause you’ve got discretion as to where to put the ball, that’ll
get you a long way there. Let’s look at one other thing, let’s look at a misunderstanding. There is a good free swing, trying to take my own advice there. Felt like I was lined up pretty well, but here’s something that’s really a misconception, and that is that always hitting a fairway is of immense value and is always
better than not hitting it. In a certain sense of
the word that’s true, but let me tell ya, 20, 30 extra yards, let’s say 230 yards in the late rough, eight yards off the
fairway, most of the time is better than being
in the fairway back 25 or so yards, and so don’t kid yourself, length is important and you don’t wanna get too conservative and try to over-manage getting it in the fairway. You don’t wanna take too
lofty the clubs sometimes, just trying to keep the
ball on the fairway there. Here’s the key you’ve gotta know. You’ve gotta know that the level of penal problems for
where you’re hitting it. Now as an average, and there’s some really, really detailed statistics here. If you hit it in the rough, you’re gonna lose, as an average, a 10th of a shot to a quarter of a shot,
something like that. Now, if it’s the U.S Open,
that’s a little bit different. If you’re playing in the U.S Open, you probably don’t need to
watch this video from me. If you’re in sort of a shot that you’ve got to recover from, a fairway bunker would be a good example. Having somewhat of a swing, but having to shape it under a tree
or something like that, you’re probably about a half
a shot penalty as an average. If you hit it in the
water, lateral has it, or water has it, you’ll
typically lose a shot. The killer, though, is out of bounds. That’s two shots, stroke and distance. That is a record for your scorecard. So when you look out
there, say to yourself hey listen, obviously I’m
trying to hit the fairway here, but maybe if I go beyond these bunkers, maybe the tee is up or I’m hitting it long or whatever, maybe I can get it to a wide enough patch, and so what if I hit it 10 yards in the rough? There’s room out there, I
wanna take that extra distance. I’m gonna give it a rip out there, give it a good, strong swing. If you look out there, and there’s a nice set of fairway bunkers, but they’re kinda deep with gnarly
lips and it’s a long hole, gotta watch that a little bit, that’s gonna hurt you, that would be worth paying attention to. Certainly not catastrophic, you can get out of there, and you can get a recovery shot or make a putt. Once you start to see water
in their take, though, that’s when you’ve really
got to say to yourself, I don’t even necessarily
care if I hit the fairway, I have got to stay away from that, I’ve got to take a conservative
choice or whatever it is. But that’s the thing to watch for, and of course, out of bounds. If that’s in play that’s your priority, hit it away from the out of bounds, go through the steps we’ve
talked about earlier and do that. But my point being, don’t just assume that the fairway is always good, and allow yourself to tighten up, shorten up, get too conservative. Go ahead and give it a rip,
the rough for most golf courses if you’re a little bit in
there isn’t gonna hurt you that much if you’re making a good free swing and you’re
getting some distance. So I hope these tips help you
hit the fairways number one, hope this gives you a
little caution there, and a little bit better way to evaluate what’s out there in front of you, how serious do you need
to take the trouble, how much do you need
to watch out for that. And again, I think these are tips you can take right to the golf course. So I hope that gives you some good ideas as to how to hit more fairways, some things you can really do and even take to the golf
course tomorrow, perhaps. If you like it please
subscribe to the channel. We’ve got a lot more videos out there, and we’ve got a lot more
hopefully coming your way, and of course, scractchgolfacademy.com is my home website, have a full course in driving amongst many other things. Hope you’ll take a minute to
check that out, thanks again.

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