Is a 3 wood more accurate than a driver off the tee. More consistent, more solid shots with the 5 wood, especially off the turf. Nov 28, 2018 in fact, we tested a 43inch driver with. A 3 hybrid, on the other hand, can be used for shooting balls to shorter lengths. Would you like for more distance off the tee or would you prefer to hit more fairways i test driver against a strong 3 wood to see the. Golf digest did a test and found out that golfers with average swing speeds only loose about 14 yards when they switched from driver to 3 wood. I generally get about 210ish carry distance and about another 10 yards roll. Breaking it down in two divisions age and handicap here are the median driving distances from golfers across the world. Rather they listed a 7wood carry distance of 174 yards. Hybrid and fairway wood club distance callaway community. I read somewhere that a good way for players to decide when to hit 3wood rather than driver is to play a practice round on their home course hitting both driver and 3wood or whatever your longest wood is off each tee to compare the results. The lpga tour trackman data didnt have numbers listed for a hybrid or 3iron.
Woods, ranging from a 2wood to a 5wood are also used for distance, but their loft angle is slightly greater than a driver. Jun 30, 2014 this now allows me to handle any distance for my approach shots with the confidence necessary to hit greens from anywhere inside 210 yards. So we designed a club that gives the control and accuracy of a 3 wood, but also built it to play as close to a driver as possible. You did us all a favor with this informative piece. The sole of the 3 hybrid is designed in a way that gives good results on perfect swings.
Talk to your local club fitter about shortening your shaft length to make the club even more forgiving for you. Noted swing coach butch harmon says that even some players who hit 5woods or 7woods well will struggle with the lesslofted 3 wood. Brooks koepkas taylormadde m2 tour 3 wood has a loft of 16. So, if you hit your driver 250 yds, then you should hit your 3wood about 215 yards or so. I dont use a driver either, what i use is a 14 degree strong 3 wood with a slightly oversized head for 3 wood standards. The degree of loft is also lower in fairway wood clubs than hybrids. I would suggest to get the same shaft and flex as your rogue irons. I tee off with an old powerbilt grand slam 15 degree 180cc 3wood. We think most people will hit their driver 2030 yards farther than their 3wood off the tee, says tom olsavsky, senior director of product creation at taylormade. Can i replace my 3wood with a 5wood without losing distance. Cost and value the rogue 3 wood is easier to launch and it is more fore forgiving with excellent performance features. If you hit your 3 wood as far as your driver, thats probably a good indication you need to take a look at both clubs, and possibly create more separation between the two. I am looking at the taylormade burner 15 degree 3 wood, because my driver is a burner and i like it, or the cobra baffler rail 17 degree 2 hybrid.
On other websites, everyone swings their driver at 115 mph on a bad day, they carry the ball 350 into the wind and use triple extra stiff tour shafts. There are several schools of thought regarding fairway woods like the 3 wood. While the 3 hybrid launches the ball high in the air, the 3 wood helps in achieving the smooth second shot from the fairway. The 3wood is also sometimes called as the fairway wood as they are normally used when the golfer has to hit the ball from the fairway, which usually is the second shot of the game. One persons 5iron distance is another persons 3 iron distance is another persons 7iron distance. Just as 60 is the new 40, then 3wood might be the new driver. This is the most important fact to take away from this article. There are some golfers who can hit their 3 wood longer than a driver. Brooks koepkas taylormadde m2 tour 3wood has a loft of 16. The 3 wood is a highly situational yet extremely useful club to have in any golfers arsenal. Obviously, the typical choice for a golf club off the tee is the driver.
A hybrid, or a utility club, is a morph between an iron and a wood whose club head is designed in a way that promotes consistent shots with good ball trajectory. My top end distance may be about 10 yards short, but it appears based on game golf stats that i am averaging about 510 yards more because i hit it more consistently. Perhaps a little more loft on the fairway wood could improve trajectory and help you hold greens. We all know that there should be a compromise between distance and accuracy to be able to choose the right club. Generally golfers think they hit the ball further than they actually do. They found that those players with a faster swing over 105 m. If hitting 3 wood means the difference between being in the fairway or the rough than those 14 yards arent very useful. So we designed a club that gives the control and accuracy of a 3wood, but also built it to play as close to a driver as possible. The 5 wood data is interesting, and i am considering testing the sldr 5 wood vs my 2 hybrid. A lot of golfers these days automatically reach for a 3 wood on the fairway as their go to club on the second shot on a longish par 4 hole or higher.
For example, a high handicapper is often able to carry a 5 or 7 wood much further than a 3 wood because the 3 wood flies lower with less forgiveness. May 26, 2015 below ive charted stensons tee shot strategy driver vs. See how an online golf lesson with michael can help your golf gam. Fairway woods in general, and 3 woods in particular, are difficult clubs for many golfers. Ive had days where all i could hit were fairways, and days when all i could hit was something other than a fairway.
Golf digest editors decided to run a few tests to see the results different swing speed golfers got from the driver vs. Mar 27, 2008 a 2 wood would be 11 0r 12 degrees, , 14 strong three wood, 15 three wood. It can be used to play distances of around 210 to 230 yards comfortably. When choosing between a driver and a 3wood, you need to trade off the benefits of distance and accuracy, reveals leading golf statistician professor mark broadie. This year with the launcher turbo, they did a great job on distance.
Right now i have x2 hot and i cannot hit my 3 wood fixed at 15 degrees. Certainly we see this quite often on the professional tours. A 5 wood and a 3 hybrid are different types of clubs and have a different job. I have recorded shots with my driver over 300 yards, and also with drives well under 200 yards. The numbers on clubs dont mean much anymore except to tell the player which club it is he is using. My driver is a 9 degree and my 3 wood is 15 degrees. The complete guide to maximizing driver distance everyone is currently focused on how far the pros are hitting the ball, and whether or not the golf ball should be rolled back.
Mar 24, 2015 so we designed a club that gives the control and accuracy of a 3wood, but also built it to play as close to a driver as possible. I see the loft is different, but by call a 3 wood strong degree vs just a 3 wood 15degree. The problem with 3woods most golfers use their driver off the tee, and get whatever amount of distance with it they can. A question i often get asked is should i be hitting driver or 3 wood off the tee to hit more fairways. The mini is 100cc larger than a typical 3wood, making it more forgiving, he says. Is a 3wood more accurate than a driver off the tee. Generally driver shafts are the same as fairway wood shafts, meaning it is one shaft at raw length and is then butt trimmed to play at a specific length depending on the club. Nothing short of a complete overhaul of the taylormade 3 wood series would suffice for the team of designers and engineers at the company.
Since that last post, i have basically thrown the towel in on a 315 fairway wood and a 319 hybrid. In golf what is difference between a driver and 1 wood. There is no wrong golf club distance, there is only your distance. The gap between my 3 wood and 3 iron is about 15 to 20 yards. Personal choice, but i am good with the 5 wood between the driver and hybrid.
Depending on the loft used, a good reference point on the average distance of a driving iron is about 1015 yards shorter than the distance of a 3 wood. Cross multiply 9 times x and 210 times 10 we get 9x2100. For 2012, taylormade debuted the muchhyped rocketballz 3wood, with promise that the 15degree version will surpass your old 3wood by at least 17 yards. The shaft length makes a big difference a longer shaft means more distance while a shorter shaft means more accuracy. I am considering using a 3 wood off the tee when there are hazards that can potentially add some penalty strokes. The longest fairway wood commonly used by most golfers is the 3 wood. The gap between my driver and 3 wood is about 35 to 45 yards. Hybrids on the other hand have a range between 18 to 27 degrees. So if you hit your 3 wood 200 yards, you can expect your driving iron to reach around 185 yards if wellstruck. I hit a 21 fairway considerably farther than a 19 hybrid. For players who pound the ball with nearly prolike distance, giving up 20.
I think from these claims, im suspecting a lot of beginners are going about navigating the course the wrong way. My average driver club head speed is 8990 mph and can get up to 9394 on a really really good day. Should i play a fairway wood or driver off the tee. Using a driving iron on the golf course advantages and. The average yardages for each golf club depends, and it varies widely from golfer to golfer. In the years past, their 3 wood capabilities were not quite as. If you are playing a par 4 or par 5 where the penalty for missing the fairway is not too great, then being longer is better than being shorter, so driver.
I found a 3 yard gap between a 22 hybrid and 26 hybrid and i. Henrik stenson loves his 3 wood too much golf analytics. Below ive charted stensons tee shot strategy driver vs. A driver is used almost exclusively off the tee, except by pros and amateurs who are skilled enough to hit driver in the fairway.
A couple years ago i did a driver fitting on a trackman and had clubhead speed usually around 107108. I also have 3 wood shots maxed around 250 and some as low as. Jan 11, 2018 when choosing between a driver and a 3 wood, you need to trade off the benefits of distance and accuracy, reveals leading golf statistician professor mark broadie. Again, a driving iron will provide a golfer with a lower shot that will hit and. Assumptions based on both theory and facts are that metal headed woods are slightly to considerably longer than woods. The mini is 100cc larger than a typical 3 wood, making it more forgiving, he says. Depending on the loft used, a good reference point on the average distance of a driving iron is about 1015 yards shorter than the distance of a 3wood. Most 5 woods have about 18 of loft, 3 hybrids have approx. So if you hit your 3wood 200 yards, you can expect your driving iron to reach around 185 yards if wellstruck. I assume you already have a driver so i would get the 3w in the same make shaft and flex but just the next heavier shaft. Drivers are designed to maximize the balls carry distance, so a driver s loft angle ranges from 8 to degrees, depending on the specific brand or model of driver. Why your swing speed should determine hitting driver or 3wood. The tayormade 3 wood series was designed to improve your mid to longrange golf game with improved customization in materials and engineering. Shots played by 3 wood have a greater distance carry than that of a.
But is there a certain type of golfer who would benefit for hitting a fairway. Golf digest did a test and found out that golfers with average swing speed only loose about 14 yards when they switched from driver. My actual typical distance with my driver is around 235245. One persons 5iron distance is another persons 3iron distance is another persons 7iron distance. So you would get approximately 23 yards more carry with a driver than you do with your 3wood.
May 30, 2008 if your driver goes 240 and your 5 wood 200 you want the 3 wood to be about 220 not 230. Should i bridge the gap between the driver and three wood or three wood and 3 iron. Using the correct alignment, however, and practicing proper swing mechanics can help you improve your 3 wood game. I made the change to a 5 wood and dropped the 3 wood a few seasons ago. I get exactly the same distance with a 518 fairway as a 315. Just got a new driver and looking to get a new 3 wood.
Ive had a lot of success with having the same shaft in my driver and 3 wood i play a 16. A golfer will normally assume their longest distance is. Hi all, i am a fiftysomething bogey golfer who doesnt own a driver. The lofts have increased so much that a 5 iron 20 years ago is a 7 iron today. Drivers are designed to maximize the balls carry distance, so a drivers loft angle ranges from 8 to degrees, depending on the specific brand or model of driver. No one uses a 2 wood or a 12 iron anymore so the clubs should real. There are limitations to the data gathering, calculations, etc. Golf handicap and information network ghin shows similar numbers of 15. Woods, ranging from a 2 wood to a 5 wood are also used for distance, but their loft angle is slightly greater than a driver. With my 3 wood my actual typical distance is 215225. According to studies done, if you hit your driver properly, and you hit the 3wood properly, also, youll hit your 3wood about 85% as far as your driver.
I play my 3 wood with a 4 wood shaft length, being 3 4 inch shorter than the 3 wood. If your driver goes 240 and your 5 wood 200 you want the 3 wood to be about 220 not 230. In our biggest questions answered series, we decided to ask the experts. So today i tried something different and used my 3wood on all but 1 driving hole. The reason for this is the lack of an adjustable hosel so golfers will need more heads to fill in the gap. This angle provides the golfer with distance, with a little more loft than a driver. Why not get a 5,4 and 3 hybrid and a 3 wood to round out your set. But when you see them hit 7 iron, they can hit it really far. This video sees me explain possibly why your 3 wood goes as far as your driver off the tee.1122 1275 1246 504 771 352 1326 727 912 401 297 876 972 265 524 563 1495 1042 927 1362 432 100 876 174 856 138 945 245 964 170 159 654 1153 913 373 566 694 1150 1305 1393 56 1046 1082 831 238 1396