Tips from The Tour: Tim Clark on Hitting Your Fairway Metals

Posted: February 19, 2014

You’ve just bombed your drive on a stout par-5. As you pace off your yardage from the middle of the fairway, you realize that you can reach the green in two.

It’s go time… so we’ve asked  Titleist Brand Ambassador Tim Clark to give us some pointers on how to make that fairway wood work for you as you step up to this shot... that can be a little intimidating at times.

As Tim told us, most miscues that arise when hitting fairway metals off the deck are really the result of a common misconception.

“Once an amateur picks up a fairway wood and, in particular, a 3-wood,“ Tim said, “they believe it’s a driver swing. In actual fact it’s more similar to your iron swing.”

In the video above, Tim provides some great pointers on how adjusting your setup and making a descending blow can help you to make cleaner contact and produce much better results when hitting fairway metal shots off the turf.

Hopefully Tim’s advice helps you out the next time you’re ready to go for it instead of laying up.

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Jim A


Love the tip and I do sometimes try to hit fairway clubs to much on the upswing, consequently hitting the thin.   All part of the mental aspects of the game, thinking about what to do with each club.  

John G


Nice swing thought (use your iron swing), Thanks Tim.

David B


Tim's tip is great.  Especially about the weight being a little on your right side.

Lawrence C


very nice

Lawrence C


very nice

Justinu3


Great stuff from Tim!  Thanks

RAYMOND R


I AM TRYING TO BUY TITLIST CLUBS.  MY LOCAL GOLF GALAXY ONLY HAS TWO REGULAR FLEX SHAFTS FOR ME TO TRY YOUR CLUBS !!!!  I AM TRYING TO BUY YOUR CLUBS BUT IS IT TO MUCH TO ASK TO HAVE ALL THE REGULAR SHAFTS IN STOCK ????

THE OTHER MANUFACTURERS HAVE THE NECESSARY SHAFTS.

john k


excellent

john k


excellent

Jim A


What a great hint for the fairway clubs.  Helped me immensely