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What should you do when you start hitting your 3 wood better/more consistently than your driver?

 

I get more distance from my driver when I hit it very well. But when I'm not hitting the driver well, like the past couple no of weeks in particular, I get comparable distance (maybe even better) from my 3 wood off the tee with better accuracy.

 

Any thoughts and opinions?

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Stick with the 3 off the tee and work on the driver at the range...this advice, of course, is coming from a hacker.

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Two simple possibilities

 

1. Were you fit for your driver? If no there become a myriad of possibilities as to why it's not working for you. So go to a fitting and find out - it might be something as simple as a new shaft and a loft tweak.

 

2. If it's fit go see a pro and take a lesson. You're giving away yardage by hitting three wood which in the long run means you're giving away strokes. Think about that 20 yards times 14 over the course of 18 holes is a potential full stroke lost per round.

 

Certainly the driver has more R and D on it than your 3 wood. Finding the right one for you is not difficult if you're willing to spend a little cash and put in the effort.

 

Good luck!

 

 

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Just go Henrik. 3 wood all day.

 

 

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Yep, definitely. Just throw your driver in the lake and hit 3 wood.

 

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I have this same problem from time to time. Feel like a smoke a drive out there get up to it and think... man this is short.

 

I "should" be able to carry the Driver 270+ easily. My 3 wood is Stock 250ish and mostly a slight draw or a tiny baby fade. I'll send one out with the driver and GPS has me at 233 or something.

 

Like Rev said I'm giving up probably 2 shots with short drives, another 4 with poor accuracy and 1-2 with penalties per round. IF I could remember to use my 3 wood or 2 iron off the tee when it's tight I'd have much better rounds.

 

 

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When I encounter that during a round, I just ride the 3W the rest of the day. Then work on driver next range session.

 

It (driver) has to be most fickle club in the bag. 😖

 

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I have this same problem from time to time. Feel like a smoke a drive out there get up to it and think... man this is short.

 

I "should" be able to carry the Driver 270+ easily. My 3 wood is Stock 250ish and mostly a slight draw or a tiny baby fade. I'll send one out with the driver and GPS has me at 233 or something.

 

Like Rev said I'm giving up probably 2 shots with short drives, another 4 with poor accuracy and 1-2 with penalties per round. IF I could remember to use my 3 wood or 2 iron off the tee when it's tight I'd have much better rounds.

 

 

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I played a couple of rounds last summer only hitting 4-iron off the tee. I was hitting a lot more fairways, and I was still hitting short/mid irons into greens. It pays!

 

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I played a couple of rounds last summer only hitting 4-iron off the tee. I was hitting a lot more fairways, and I was still hitting short/mid irons into greens. It pays!

 

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I didn't use a driver for many years. My old Ping 1 iron was the driver. Just as far, and like throwing darts.

 

 

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I'm sorta in the same boat. My consistency with my 3W is much better than my consistency with my driver. I pull out my 3W probably 75% of the time because I know I can hit it well.

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Hit that same bump in the road every year -- driver swing gets all FUBAR'd so I hit the 3-wood. Use either a PING Stretch 3 (adjustable down to 12*) or a Cally Big Bertha Mini Driver (adjustable down to 11*). For the courses I play they tend to be plenty long.  

 

My pro said one of the reasons we tend to be more consistent with the 3-wood is that the shaft is a little shorter and easier to handle. I just put a Matrix Black Tie in my Srixon and cut it down about an inch from standard - took a while but I'm finding it much easier to hit the sweet spot and am starting to see positive results. 

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Shorter clubs are easier to hit than longer clubs which is why you could be hitting the 3 wood more consistently and farther.  Try choking down on the driver to make it an inch or two shorter to see if that helps.  

 

Other option is to just keep hitting the 3 wood.  

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Play the 3 wood, is there an advantage to hitting driver? I hit 3 wood really far, and mostly I hit I it pretty accurate. I would not abandon the driver, I would only use it on holes that it's needed, or holes that have a little forgiveness. I played Pinehurst No 2 earlier in the year from the back tees 7000 yards and hit 3 wood all day, I was struggling with driver that day, but I was smoking the 3 wood. I hit 2 bad drives with it all day. I have since figured out the driver and I use it a few times in the round. It sounds like you hit it well at times so I would keep it in, but only use it when you feel like you have to. Put the ego aside and keep it in the short grass.

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Stick with the 3 off the tee and work on the driver at the range...this advice, of course, is coming from a hacker.

Use 3W on the course and practice, practice, practice the driver on the range.

 

I've only been hitting driver about 4 times/round on fairly wide open holes. Starting to come around but still too inconsistent for those drivable par 4s

This is exactly what I'm thinking of doing for a couple rounds and seeing how it goes. Problem is that I know in my head that I have hit this driver well and know what it's capable of when I hit the sweet spot. Just in a rut with it and over thinking, where the 3 wood just feels so effortless.

 

1. Were you fit for your driver? If no there become a myriad of possibilities as to why it's not working for you. So go to a fitting and find out - it might be something as simple as a new shaft and a loft tweak.

Yeah, I was fit for this driver. I'd made some tweaks to it after fitting (lofted up, etc.) and thought I found a nice combo, had been hitting it reasonable well, occasionally very well, but over the last 2-3 weeks it's just getting worse and I'm in my head with it. Now I'm making adjustments to the weight position and my swing and it's now all over the shop. Biggest issue lately is launching way to high.

 

My pro said one of the reasons we tend to be more consistent with the 3-wood is that the shaft is a little shorter and easier to handle. I just put a Matrix Black Tie in my Srixon and cut it down about an inch from standard - took a while but I'm finding it much easier to hit the sweet spot and am starting to see positive results.

I actually did cut down my driver shaft a while back after choking down on it for a few rounds and feeling more control. I was loving the feel and didn't seem to lose any distance at all and felt like when I was missing fairways, I wasn't missing by too much.

 

I'm thinking maybe I need to get fitted for a driver with no or limited adjustability so my mind didn't over think the whole thing? I don't over think the 3 wood.

 

Might drop the driver for a while until I can get back to a Trackman and have someone help me readjust my driver back to where it should be and I'll hide the adjustment wrench.

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I get yelled at by mh friends for trying to use a driver. I hit my 3w 250 plus from the tees and if I hit my driver well nearly 290 but for how inaccurate I am with the driver I never touch it unless I'm practicing. Most of the time the 3w gets me close enough that i don't have to worry. I'm glad to see I'm not the only guy who has issues with the driver.

 

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For Me Driver isn't the correct play on many holes, since I only use it a few times, I can concentrate on my line and how I want to hit it. If I don't hit it we'll the first time, i can't hit it again for 3 holes, it allows me to make a change in club or adjust what went wrong the first time, don't completely remove it unless you cannot hit it at all. You cannot learn to hit it in real golf situations if you don't use it, I can swing it all day in the range and not miss, the. Get in the course and can't figure out how to hit it. You have to swing it in real situations to learn to hit it. Yes work on it on the range, but use it on the course too.

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What should you do when you start hitting your 3 wood better/more consistently than your driver?

 

I get more distance from my driver when I hit it very well. But when I'm not hitting the driver well, like the past couple no of weeks in particular, I get comparable distance (maybe even better) from my 3 wood off the tee with better accuracy.

 

Any thoughts and opinions?

In the same boat but I'm just using a 1i getting around 250-260. Every time I am hitting my irons very well driver suffers. For me I have a tendency to sway towards target and my head drifts toward target too so I'm hitting some pop ups.

Save yourself some time and get a lesson, if your satisfied with your swing with other clubs let the pro know they'll work around helping you with driver.

 

 

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In the same boat but I'm just using a 1i getting around 250-260. Every time I am hitting my irons very well driver suffers. For me I have a tendency to sway towards target and my head drifts toward target too so I'm hitting some pop ups.

Save yourself some time and get a lesson, if your satisfied with your swing with other clubs let the pro know they'll work around helping you with driver.

 

 

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Funny you say that, because I had felt like I've been hitting my irons a bit better than usual. Why can't it all click at the same time? lol

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