TOUR TIP: HITTING DRIVER OFF THE DECK
Everybody watches with interest when someone pulls the big stick out for a shot off the fairway. Here’s how you can nail the shot every time.
Pulling the big stick for a shot off the fairway is something most teaching pros will likely frown upon you doing.
But there are times when hitting a driver off the fairway is not such a low percentage play.
Tour pros rarely need to use the driver from the fairway but Rickie Fowler is one player, who regularly plays the shot when trying to reach a long par-5. Usually the flag will be positioned in the right half of the green because the ball flight is generally a fade.
You too can hit a driver from the fairway, under the right circumstances.
This kind of shot should be considered when you’re trying to cover distance and you need to keep the ball low. But if there is any trouble, like a water hazard or fairway bunker, immediately in front or to the right of you, put the driver back in the bag.
The most important aspect of this shot – as is the case with hitting a fairway wood – is you must hit down and through the ball. You must fight your instincts to get the ball in the air by scooping or hitting up.
Also, consider your lie when playing this shot. But take this into account … the tighter the lie, the more the ball will fade from left-to-right (for right-handers) because you will feel the need to hit down more to get the ball up into the air.