Tiger Woods’ willingness and ability to shape approach shots has been unmatched throughout his 20+ year career. Nearly two iron shots don’t look alike – Woods always tries to get a specific ball flight that best fits the shot in progress. And it’s not just about drawings and fades; Woods is also constantly varying his trajectory, which he believes is his key to controlling distance.
So how does Woods dial the number of his iron strokes? It’s a simple, old-fashioned method that he learned from his first teacher: his father.
“My dad had a very simple way of explaining it,” says Woods in Episode 5 of My Game: Tiger Woods – Shotmaking Secrets, Presented by Geico. “You want to hit him low, stop your hands near the shoulders. You want to hit it normally, stop it in the head. If you want to hit high, put your hands over your head. “
“When you try to explain how to do different shots to a five-year-old, trying to make it really simple, it’s all things that connect me to the clubhead and the shot. I don’t care much about the mechanics. “
For more information on how Woods always seems to hit his approach shots at the perfect distance, watch the full episode.