How to Hit a 5 Wood in Golf

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.

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.