Mike Malaska now visits the rescue and fairway woods. You want less angle of descent with your 5 iron and much less than your wedge. When you swing, you still want the club to catch the ball and then brush the ground after you have hit the ball.
Your setup changes, and you have slightly more weight on your right foot. With wedges, your setup is from your left side, and as you move into your middle irons, your weight shifts toward the middle.
Your ball position with these woods is just forward of center because you want to catch the ball slightly on the downswing. Mike sets up to the ball and makes a swing hitting and brushing the ground slightly in front of the ball.
Your ball position is the same, except your weight is more to the right foot which changes your swing arc. Mike takes another swing, and the club brushes the ground in front of the ball.
You don’t need as much angle of descent off a good lie as you get into fairway woods. The key is to be consistent and have the ball in the same position to make the angle of approach work.