Get the 3-wood in the play, hit more fairways

David Leadbetter on when to ditch your driver and focus on accuracy off the tee.

Released on 1/19/2017

Transcript

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There are many occasions on the tee where you need to be
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more position conscious rather than length conscious.
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You might have a tight par-four or a short par-four,
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or just a hole that you might not need to hit driver on.
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Take Henrik Stenson for instance.
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I mean he hits a three-wood a long way certainly,
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but he uses it more for control and for direction.
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So here's a way that you can be sure
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of getting a three-wood in play.
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First off all, you wanna tee the ball up
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just above the height of the grass
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so it gives you a good lie.
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Secondly, you wanna choke down
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on about an inch on the club.
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The next thing you wanna get the ball
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a little further back in your stance.
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When you hit your driver you get forward in your stance
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so you can hit up on it.
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What you're trying to do here
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is actually hit down on it slightly.
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You wanna feel almost like you're
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taking a slight divot.
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Whether you do or whether you don't,
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that's beside the point.
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But you need to feel
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that you're hitting down on it slightly.
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This squeezes the ball off the turf
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and helps to keep the club face square through impact.
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So remember,
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choke down,
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ball just a little back in your stance,
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make sure you feel like you gonna take
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a slight divot off to the ball
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and go ahead and swing.
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