Originally Posted by Davie81
I've only recently just got a 5 wood after playing for a year and a half with only a driver being the wood in my bag. I'm having trouble swinging it though and read to sweep it off the deck/tee and to also aim to try and take a small divot.
At the range tonight, I found that when I tried to sweep, I ended up topping every one badly or hitting a daisy cutter which leaked out to the right, however, when trying to swing like an iron it went ok but not brilliant. Which is the correct option and any tips on how to avoid topping it so much?
Another thought on your post about "topping the ball" indicating you have been playing only a driver and your tendencies are to hit your five wood may be similar to your swing with a driver.
You most likely are trying to hit your driver on the "up swing" which is common and OK.
But when hitting fair woods with an upswing, it will produce a result of "topping the ball"
Suggestions to take a small divot after impact, will improve two fundamentals which are good practice. As per Dr Desmond.
A divot after the ball strike with a fairway wood will help you "stay down during the swing" as opposed to coming out of a swing which will usually produces a big slice or "daisy cut".
A divot after the ball strike with a fairway wood would be the result of a player attempting to hit a low stinger off a fairway lie or the ruff.
For a player to obtain good results of hitting a 5 wood to ones potential, which produces a long high shot, requires flush contact.
The 5 wood, like every club can be used for multiple options on various shots during ones round.
A 5 wood's in ones hand gives him the potential to play an abundance of shots, pending on the skill level of the player.
As a suggestion to a relatively new player, practice an abundance of shots from various conditions with every club.
You will then reach a median of skill and potential and improve.
When you become deadly accurate with a 5 wood into a green, as a pitching wedge, the you will truly understand these comments.
Enjoy the journey, Club Rat