This story is for you if…
• You’re a low- to mid-handicap playerâ€”novices and high-handicappers need not apply
• Your fairway wood distance isn’t enough to get you on the green in two on par 5s
• You’re a gambler at heart
You’re staring at a par-5 green from the middle of the fairway, but it’s 20 yards farther than what you can hit your longest fairway wood.
Take a risk and try the most electrifying shot in golf: driver off the deck. Use the keys shown here:
• Aim your body to the left of your target to accommodate a fade ball flight.
• Play the ball off your left heel.
• Turn your shoulders under your head on your downswing so the club can swing to the left after impact.
• Swing your arms left of your body after contact. If you don’t, you’ll hit a big push slice.
• From the top, give the ball a karate chop with your left hand. This will help you keep your hands from over-rotating so you don’t hit a duck hook.
• Strive to hit the ball first and the turf second. Don’t think you have to sweep the ball cleanly off the groundâ€”take as much dirt as you do with your fairway woods.
Only attempt this shot from a flat fairway lie when the green is unguarded in front. Allow for a slight fade.