Why do I struggle with my 3-wood?

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Why do I find it difficult to get to 3 wood pieces, but no problem with wood 5 or hybrid? Toby W – Texas

Similar to why players struggle with the driver, the lower the club’s loft, the harder it is to get into the air with enough spin to maintain the load – in other words, it all comes down to physics.

Another big reason a lot of golfers suffer from low clubbings like 3-wood is that they try to “lift” the ball into the air rather than swing it into the face resulting in low shots in the face.

Last but not least, 3-wood is the next tallest club after the driver, and longer club clubs are hard to beat on impact. When all of these factors come into conflict, it’s easy to see why so many golfers have a tough time with this club. But there are solutions!

1. Try a shorter 3-wood

One of the quickest and easiest ways to try to improve consistency with 3 types of wood is to cut it 1/2 to 1 depending on the original length to about 42-42.5″. If you have 3 timbers with an adjustable hose and you have 5 identical timbers, try using the shorter shaft to create better face contact.

Improved center and square contact from a shorter shaft will bypass any racquet head speed loss from the shorter length and can lead to much better results on the course, especially when it comes to dispersal.

2. Completely get rid of 3-wood to get a club with a loft

Toby, you said it yourself – you hit hybrid wood and wood 5 better than treble wood, so if you’re still having consistency issues after playing your treble wood at a shorter length, it might be time to drop them all together.

The two best types to consider are either 4 or 5 wood with a shaft length of about 42.5. The length will help maintain the head speed and the additional loft of wood 4 (16.5 degrees on average) or wood 5 (18-19 degrees) should add firing, spin and load.

If you think adding more loft will deprive you of distance, just remember that some of the taller players in the round choose to use 4-wood over the traditional 15° 3-wood to press the ball higher and longer.

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3. Are you still having problems? Try something completely different

If you’ve already tried shorter 3-woods or sweet woods with more loft with limited success, it might be time to try an alternative like a low-high hybrid in the 17°-18° range, or if you’re looking for the best of both worlds When it comes to the right and hybrid route, look no further than Cleveland Golf Hey Wood.

The Launcher XL Hy-Wood combines a larger wood head – roughly the size of 5 wood, with a shorter shaft and a slightly more straightening angle. Think of it like a hybrid club filled with Fairway-wood technology. The shorter length makes it easier to find the center of the racket front and the heavier 18-degree head helps get the ball up in the air quickly from a tee, fairway, or even rough.

Still not sure what to do? Check with your favorite retailer for a cabaret operator who can help you call your long game a proper long game to see if you really need to carry that wood trio after all.

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Ryan Barath

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Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine Editor and Senior Equipment Editor at GOLF.com. He has an extensive background in club fitting and building with over 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Prior to joining the staff, he was the Principal Content Analyst for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.

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