A 3 wood is an essential club for the high handicap golfer. The distance from the 3 wood could be what makes, or breaks, a round where the driver does not want to cooperate. Here are a few helpful hints from AEC Info to ensure that you end up with the best fairway wood in your bag.
Should High Handicappers Use Fairway Woods?
High handicappers should use fairway woods because they really are golf improvement clubs. When golfers start trying to hit a three wood out of US Open style rough where they can barely see the golf ball, this is where problems begin.
If a high handicapper is smart about where and when they use their fairway wood, then they will probably see positive results in their game because of this club.
A high handicap golfer will see good distance off of the tee with their three wood because of the low center of gravity, and you will be able to get the ball in the air easier than with a driver. Most of the fairway woods for beginners are catered to high handicap golfers that struggle to hit the ball consistently.
High handicappers and beginners usually have lower a slower swing speed, ball speed, and need fairway woods that can be used on tee shots, from the fair way, and lighter rough.
Why Is The 3 Wood So Hard To Hit?
The 3 fairway wood is difficult to hit because it does not have that much loft. Golf clubs with high lofts are easier to hit and generally more forgiving. You have to think that the standard 3 wood is going to be around fifteen degrees. Many drivers are not much less than 12 degrees of loft.
If you compare hitting a fairway wood from the fairway or a driver from the fairway, you will see there is not much difference in the loft. The best fairway woods have gotten much easier to hit in the last few years. They offer lower centers of gravity and plenty of launch.
How Many Fairway Woods Should High Handicappers Carry?
There is no magic answer to this question, but anywhere from 1 to 3 fairway wood is the standard. Having one as an alternative for a driver is essential. If you have more than one, it would be because you are finding success with the fairway woods in your game.
Many beginners and high handicappers find that the hybrids are easier to use than the fairway woods, and they prefer to put an extra hybrid in the bag.
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