There is a good chance your 3-wood is doing more harm than good for your golf game, and I’m here to help explain why.
The 3-wood is a unique specialty club in most golfers’ bags because it has to offer a distance of the tee, but also be functional enough to hit a long shot high into the air off the fairway. It’s generally not overly difficult to find a 3-wood that does one of these two jobs well but to find one that does both can be an extremely difficult challenge.
Why is a 3-wood hard to hit?
The less loft a club has the harder it is to get into the air with enough spin to maintain the carry distance. For every Bryson DeChambeau using a 10.5° 3-wood, there are hundreds of other golfers that can’t get their 15° fairway to carry more than 200 yards. Club head speed creates launch and spin aka – lift, and the same modern golf ball that makes drivers easier to hit is the same one that makes 3-woods more difficult, especially from the fairway.
Another factor beyond loft is 3-wood length has increased from 42.5″ up to 43.5″ in some cases, and hitting a low lofted club at that length is extremely difficult… even pros struggle sometimes.