Golf tip of the week: Improve your fairway woods

PHOTO PROVIDED Imagine you are striking a short piece of a 2-by-4 on the end and sliding it through the grass.

Hitting long irons and fairway woods requires a more sweeping motion.

If you have trouble getting the ball airborne with your fairway woods, most likely you are trying to help lift the ball.

The golf swing is an inverse law. Trying to help the ball up or lift it will knock the ball down.

Try swishing through the ball as if you were executing a practice swing, allowing the hands and arms to relax. If done correctly the clubhead speed should climax after it passes the hitting area with a swishing sound.

Here are a couple of swing thoughts I have taught my students for the past 40-plus years. One of them may help you.

1. Imagine the golfball is a dandelion, and you are swinging through it.

2. The tip that works for a high percentage of my lessons is to imagine you are striking the end of a 2-by-4 and sliding it through the grass.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator at his golf facility in Williamsport.