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Forum Thread of the Day: “I think my 3-wood needs to go…but now what?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Little Ned who is struggling with the 3-wood he had fitted for him and is looking for suggestions on what he should do now from fellow members. Little Ned only uses his 3-wood once or twice a round and feels like he may be wasting a spot in his bag, our members dish out their best advice on how he could utilize the club more effectively, while also giving alternative options.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • golfingfanatic: “I replaced my 3-wood with a 4-wood, and the difference has been remarkable. I feel like the shorter shaft, and the additional loft helps me a lot off the deck.”
  • dubbelbogey: “A quick and easy experiment would be to see if choking up on your 3w an inch or even an inch and a half makes a difference in your reliability of getting a clean(er) strike. If so, that’ll tell you something useful. It could be as simple as cutting the shaft (and maybe adding a little lead tape, if you’re worried about swing weight – to a lot of golfers it’s a minor factor) or steer you towards another shorter club, e.g. 4/5w or 2h. I do think the relatively small clubface and relatively longer length of a typical 3w are what makes them problematic for many golfers.”
  • reider69: “I just dumped my 3-wood for a 16 degree 2H. On my best hit I may get an extra 15 yards from the 3-wood, but so far I have hit over 10 shots on course with 2H, and all of them were in play and long enough. I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.”
  • ohioglfer: “I was inconsistent with 3-wood on fairways until I got a Ping G. Not a strong 3W at 16 degrees, but manageable off the deck most of the time. This improved even more when adjusted to 17 degrees, effectively making it a 4W. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it.”

Entire Thread: “I think my 3-wood needs to go…but now what?”

 

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5 Comments

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  1. ~j~

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:51 am

    All. I cannot state this loud enough, without using all CAPS OF COURSE.

    I’ve hated 3w’s my whole golfing life. Never had one that consistently worked well for all my funky over the years injuries and swings.

    Just after Xmas this year, picked up a Cobra F8+ model of a 4/5w, and set it at 16.5* (A typical 3w HL). I smoke this thing 80-90% of the time 250y+, whereas with my previous 3w (TM Aeroburner black, HL), I’d get what I wanted maybe 3-4 times out of 10.

    The 4/5w, F8+ is 2-3 inches shorter than a normal 3w, and has the feel and versatility of my favoriate hybrid or greenside lob wedge.

    If you generally hate 3w’s, go try this Cobra F8+ 4/5w combo.

  2. Earnie

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Tour Edge Exotics Period!

  3. Rick

    Apr 27, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I use a 4 wood with a 3 wood length shaft. When my swing is off a little, I just choke down on the shaft. Hit some good shots, get my confidence back.

  4. Mike

    Apr 27, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I have a strong 3-W in my bag. I can hit it off the deck, but since the lies on my course usually aren’t spectacular, I found that hitting my 3-H (@ 17 deg) instead gives me better overall results. I agree w/ one of the comments above in that when I do “catch” it, I am about 15 yds longer than my best 3H. But as a mid-handicapper, how often do I really “catch” it? My course does have a short par 4 & a long par 3 which is where that 3-W is my go-to club, so I do have a reason to keep it in my bag. Besides, what could I replace it with? As stated, my 3H is 17 deg & already carry a lob wedge?

  5. Q

    Apr 26, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Quit golf

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