Fairway: Keep your head still.
On lengthy par-5s – Augusta National’s 13th hole, the third turn of fabled Amen Corner, for example – there is a tendency to make up for a poor drive by pulling another large-faced club out of your bag. Only this time, there’s no tee in the ground under the ball, and it’s even harder to keep the face square with the ball. “It’s easier said than done,” says Scott, who also carries a hybrid club that mimics a 2-iron, “but keeping your head still on that fairway wood shot is very helpful, to at least have a feeling for that.”
What happens when our anxiousness takes over and we look up to see the ball’s flight too early? “The general fault is just topping them, because [woods] are harder to hit off short grass,” he explains. “You’re looking for that very precise, impact position and the less your body moves the more chance you have of returning the club back to the ball in the correct position.” Doing so could mean the difference between a 225-yard blast and a 25-yard topper.
What Scott uses: Titleist 910 F-d Fairway WoodBack to top