How to Hit a 5 Wood in Golf

By Jackson Lewis

A 5-wood is used by golfers who need to hit the ball between 180 and 240 yards, depending on the skill level of the golfer. High-handicap players generally use a 5-wood to hit second shots from the fairway on par 5s and to reach long par 3s. Low-handicap players normally use a 5-wood to reach long par 5s in two shots. No matter your handicap, being able to consistently hit a 5-wood will improve your game.

Address the golf ball with it sitting just to the left of center in your stance (for a right-handed golfer). Employ a stance slightly wider than normal to help ensure a swing with a sweeping motion.

Angle your right knee slightly inward toward your target and focus on sweeping the club across the grass on the backswing.

Cock your wrists at the beginning of the backswing. Transfer your weight to your back foot when pulling the club back from the address position.

Sweep the club down on a wide arc, keeping it low to the ground through the follow-through while maintaining an even tempo during the swing.

Ensure your shoulders are square at impact with the golf ball. Your weight should transfer from the back foot to the front foot during impact.

About the Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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