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Ernie Els’ 80% Effort Rule

I tried this playing on the Nintendo Wii EA Tiger Woods ’07 and it works! Relaxed back swing, and a smooth forward stroke. Check out the details of his rule from a golf blog called Learn Golf with Me:

“Even though hybrids are more popular than ever (and easy to hit), you still have to be able to handle your fairway woods to have a complete long game. If you can hit your 3- and 5-woods with confidence from the fairway, par 5s become birdie opportunities and 420-yard par 4s are a lot less scary.

When you’re hitting a fairway wood, you’ve got a lot of real estate to cover to get to your target. Your first instinct is probably to give it a little more power, because you’re worried about coming up short. But if you try to hit it hard, you’ll tend to speed up your transition at the top and get out of sync. Lunging at the ball from the top leads to a lot of pulls and slices. You’ll get better results and often more distance if you swing at 80 percent effort.

I almost never hit a shot all out, and I make a conscious effort to swing my long clubs just as I do my wedges. Keep this in mind when hitting your fairway woods.”

If you need more information on his stroke do check out this video of Ernie and Michelle Wie. She is amazing.

Via: Golf Noise

Filed by: MiiGolfer at June 14th, 2007 under WiiGolf Tips and Hints

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