What is the Best Way to Hit a Golf Ball on the Fairway?

By Steve Silverman

The beautiful green grass of the fairway is an inviting target for all golfers. When you are hitting the ball off the tee on a par 4 or par 5, there is nothing better than seeing the ball land on the fairway to set up an excellent second shot. And although it is the ideal place to hit from, some golfers need advice on how to hit the ball properly from the lush grass.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Stand about 2 feet from your golf ball. Your ball should be sitting up on top of the grass, and you should have a clear view of the bottom of the golf ball. Take your stance and bend your knees slightly. Grip the club at about a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. Gripping at any tighter will prevent you from swinging the club freely. Gripping it more loosely will keep you from hitting the ball solidly and will cause the club head to wobble.
Step 2
Keep your eye on the bottom of the ball. You should try to hit the bottom of the golf ball as you bring the club through the hitting zone. Do not pick your head up upon impact. Make sure your head stays down until the club has reached waist level on the follow-through.
Step 3
Look for a divot about 10 to 15 feet in front of where you hit the ball. If you have struck the ball cleanly, the bottom of your club will dig out a small patch of grass and dirt called a divot. It should be directly in front of you if you have made a good swing. Pick up the divot and replace it in the spot that it came from.
Step 4
Swing smoothly and slowly through the ball. Just because you have a nice lie in the fairway, it does not mean you should try to over-swing. Swinging too hard increases errors and mistakes.
Step 5
Bend your knees a little bit more if your ball has come to rest in a low spot on the fairway. You will notice that not all fairways are created equal and you could end up in somebody's divot, footprint or another low spot on the fairway. In this case, take the same swing, but make sure your knees are bent more so you can get full impact with the ball.

Tips & Warnings

Take advantage of a shot from the fairway by having a plan and executing it. Don't swing too hard and try to "kill it" just because you have a nice lie in the fairway.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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