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The 5-wood shot

Make the 5-wood one of your key ‘safe’ shots

I believe that the majority of amateurs should take their game cue from senior golfers and lady professionals and leave the 2-, 3- and possibly even the 4-iron out of the bag, replacing them with a 3- , 5-, 7- and perhaps a 9- wood.

Don’t be too concerned with what the main tour players carry – they play a totally different game.

These lofted woods are much easier to use, even out of semi-rough, and they enable you to enjoy hitting high approach shots into greens.

Stick to your routine, and identify your target from behind the ball.

Cutting out the long irons also means you can add one or two more wedges, the real scoring clubs. I never really carried a 5- wood when I was a regular tour player, but now I find it indispensible.

And when I prepare to hit a shot with this club, I am thinking about sweeping the ball off the turf. In the situation you see me in here, looking at the second shot to the 18th hole at Wentworth, the 5-wood is the smart shot.

I’m really thinking about the third shot, trying to put my second in a good position (hopefully on the green), but at worst in the gap that leaves me a simple chip.

This isn’t the time to blast away with a 3- wood, which might get me to pin high; a 5-wood is more accurate, the front of the green being a good result, particularily with bunkers lurking.

 

About a clubhead insidethe left heel is good for the 5-wood

Settle your weight evenly

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