A Strong 3-wood helped the popular golfer Henrik Stenson with his victory at the 2016 Open Championship held in Scotland. But is this something everyday players should embrace? 1. This club manages to keep your golf ball low while sending it off to a longer distance right after impact. This will help transfer more power to the ball during impact by keeping both the crown and the bottom from moving away from each other. While amateur golfers prefer the former, the more experienced once swear by the latter. The Strong 3-wood has a loft range of 13-14Â° which is more than the mini-driverâs12Â°. One thing to consider, too, for those who struggle with accuracy in their driver, that a shorter shaft can help with control. The Internal Standing Wave Technology incorporated in the club positions the CG (Center of Gravity) at the correct place at the bottom of the clubhead to induce an impressive launch. A low spin rate that the club delivers gives very little room for error in your shots. The difference makes sense as slower swingers often benefit from added carry from the extra loft while faster swings produce extra spin on a 3-wood that robs them of distance. Additionally, the large head and higher moment of inertia on a driver provides more forgiveness on mis-hits. Which is better EZGO or Yamaha Golf Cart? They are hitting a draw with every club. The benefits of a 3 wood make it much easier to hit the ball off the tee and deliver an impressive shot. On the other hand, itâs much easier to hit it off the deck using the 3-wood. The 3-wood brings a reduction to the sidespin, giving it an edge over its counterpart. Thread starter #1. kid2 Money List Winner. The weight of the shaft ranges from 40g to 80g. 3-woods became very popular when Tiger Woods won the championship while rarely using his driver! This low loft angle helps golfers hit low shots with greater accuracy compare to a regular 3 wood. 3 wood distance vs driver distance. Many beginner golfers struggle with using a driver, but instead find using a strong 3 wood easier to hit off the tee. Though the Strong 3-wood has a smaller face, the comparatively shorter 42-inch club offers a lot more control to the golfer than a driver with a 45 inches long club. Use this information at your own risk. Talk to your local club fitter about shortening your shaft length to make the club even more forgiving for you. The Ping G400 Stretch Fairway wood is a Strong 3-Wood with a loft angle of 13Â°. âThe Mini is 100cc larger than a typical 3-wood, making it more forgiving,â he says. 20-25 years ago at my peak of golfing prowess I never carried a driver. But, that doesnât mean you should replace all your woods. If you are a pro at hitting the ball both off the tee and off the deck, the Titleist TS3 is a good choice of club. For 2012, TaylorMade debuted the much-hyped RocketBallz 3-wood, with promise that the 15-degree version will surpass your old 3-wood by at least 17 yards. Strong 3-wood falls short when you attempt an off-the-deck with it. The club also comes with a range of lie angles right from 56.5Â° through to 57.5Â° to ensure the accuracy of each shot. With your irons, when you lower the loft angle of the clubhead, you typically hit the ball farther. The webmaster of golfstorageguide.com and the author(s) is not responsible for any loss in damages, financial loss, personal injury, or death. I was able to put it out there and never found myself under "length pressure". The lower the loft gets on a club, the harder it can be to hit. Both the 3-wood and driver are different in a lot of ways. Players who hit their 3- or 5-wood as far or longer than their driver are typically using too little loft with the driver for their clubhead speed. Try to lift the ball into the air as this can cause thin or fat shots. And itâs true: A solidly hit three-wood could result in 20-30 yards less carry than a well-struck driver. Also, you may be able to change the shaft in the driver. 3-wood with its higher loft angle allows for an increase in the backspin rate of the ball. Strong 3-woods help achieve accurate shots and bring consistency to the game. Doing so is dangerous and could result in serious bodily harm. My clubhead speed is around 105, and I hit it around 235-250. All my other clubs must match its performance. The 3-wood's loft (usually 13-15°) is sufficient to get it off the deck with a normal swing. Apart from the driver, the fairway woods are, as a group, the longest clubs, at about 41 to 43.5 inches. Your 3 wood! 3 Wood Vs Driver. It also comes with a considerably larger Active Recoil Channel of 3.0 which delivers great shots even if your ball contacts the lower part of the clubface. A strong 3-wood brings more accuracy and consistency to your shots than a 3-wood. Expect greater accuracy and more consistency when using a strong 3 wood. I assume that you are opting for the strong 3 wood to minimise distance loss over the driver. The numbers on clubs don't mean much anymore except to tell the player which club it is he is using. So taking a 3-wood out of the bag could put a lot of long approach shots out of reach. Test one of those out to see if a 13 degree driver works. If your driver was made sometime in the last 10 or so years, it also has an internal system that â¦ It saves on the number of shots due to the accuracy and consistency it brings to each shot. If the beginner starts with a driver, they may miss out on learning low launch shots. Apart from the Strong 3-wood club, the TS3 also comes with loft angles other than 13.5Â°. The perfection that a Strong 3-wood adds to the off-the-tee shots is unmatchable. âSo we designed a club that gives the control and accuracy of a 3-wood, but also built it to play as close to a driver as possible.â Some amateurs, Travis P. added, just donât get on with a 460cc club, as they are unable to square up so large a head. I have been enjoying golf for 15 years and love sharing my tips and knowledge of the game with everyone. Under NO circumstances should you attempt to fix your golf cart on your own. This was causing them to deloft the driver at impact. This design feature helps transfer more speed to the ball from the clubhead which in turn adds more distance to the shot. When using a strong 3-wood, there is a higher chance of sidespin being produced. This can also help the ball cover longer distances than what is achieved by using a driver. This ball should be in the front-center of your stance, approximately one to two inches behind where you place your driver. Letâs face it, somedays, your driver swing just isnât there. Although a driver is considered the golfersâ favorite as it offers an impressive distance to the shot, a Strong 3-wood could be the best choice for amateur golfers as it has a significant edge over a driver. Maybe, but what it really might be is a thinner-faced, hotter and lighter version of the old driver. It is easier to hit the ball off the tee using a Strong 3-wood. Strong grips â¦ If youâre average off the tee, having a strong-lofted 3-wood essentially gives you a second driver (albeit with a weaker loft) to use. If youâve got good speed, the driver can generate unparalleled back roll, and when used correctly, will get you your best length. No matter your power or swing speed, pretty much everyone hits farther with a big old number one club. Like many strong fairway woods on the market, the idea behind the Ping Rapture fairway wood is to produce a fast, long, compact head that can be used mainly off the tee, but offer workability from the turf as well. Hi there. The club also comes with a range of loft angles other than 13.5Â°, like 15Â°, 17Â°, 19Â°, 20Â°, 21Â°, 23Â°, and 25Â°. The lower loft angle makes it easier to hit the ball into the wind. A EZGO golf cart may not go forward or reverse because of a malfunctioning microswitch, solenoid, or ignition switch. So, to begin with, a Strong 3-wood could be a beginnerâs best bet rather than jumping the gun with a driver that requires a strong swing each time you take a shot. Whilst it has 13 degrees of loft and says 3 on the sole, Ping are describing it as a "versatile driver alternative". Harvey Penick said golfers who grew up in west Texas couldn't hit a driver. Thread starter kid2; Start date Feb 27, 2011; Feb 27, 2011. This control delivers impressive shots by connecting the ball with the center of the clubface just before impact. The lightweight Triaxial Carbon Crown aids in further lowering the CG that adds to the forgiveness. By using the content on this website, you agree to the terms outlined in this disclaimer. I think everyone has a ' favorite club' in his or her bag. I consider it my gold standard. The ideal 3 wood ball position is to have it directly below the logo of your shirt. "We think most people will hit their driver 20-30 yards farther than their 3-wood off the tee," says Tom Olsavsky, senior director of product creation at TaylorMade. For many golfers, a 3 wood will give overall better results than a driver and can be used regularly off the tee and even replace the driver. A 3-iron and the 3-hybrid â¦ It might not be the best option if you are hitting your ball off the deck but fits right in when you hit off-the-tee shots. Yamaha carts are more economical than EZGO because they have no fuel pumps and filters to refill or replace. Defective ignition switch. Â If your swing speeds are low, you will need more loft in your wood. Their 3 wood goes as far as anybody's driver. It can be quite challenging to hit a ball off the deck with a loft angle lesser than around 15-17Â°. Strong 3-woods are manufactured specifically to bring down the drag experienced when the club cuts through the air. In general, it should be about the same. Or at least a solid choice as a second driver. If you are a golfer who finds it challenging to take off-the-deck shots using a Strong 3-wood and a consistently straight shot using a driver, a mini-driver is your best bet. and lower) to determine just how much those players lost in distance from their big stick to their next big stick. But considering the distance difference between driver and 3 wood (see above) there is not much advantage to hitting a 3 wood from the tee, unless there is a hazard in range with your driver. Driver Selector Tool Get Started; Gear. First of all---apologies for what may be a naive question; still lots to learn. The remaining woods are called fairway woods. The driver and 3-wood each hit tee shots that led to five GIR, and three of those were the same holes, handicaps 3, 12 and 14, two short par-4s and a par-5. The lower degree of loft, the more swing speed it takes to hit the ball; and deliver a shot. Golf Digest ran a test a couple years ago with players at high swing speeds (over 105 miles per hour) and slower swing speeds (95 m.p.h. It produces a combination of high launch and low spin which adds distance to the shot. Just as 60 is the new 40, then 3-wood might be the new driver. It's a 4-5 year old Adams 3-wood, so not the latest technology, and I believe it's a "strong" 3 with 15 degrees of loft. The wider head size brings distance even to your mishits. What is a strong 3 wood? The switches of Yamaha […], Why wonât my EZGO golf cart go forward or reverse? There are several pros and cons concerning both the strong 3-wood and the driver: Strong 3-wood and mini-driver have their unique places at a golf course. A 3-wood needs comparatively lesser swing speed than a Strong 3-wood when launching the ball into the air. The call here is to keep swinging the big dog unless it’s become impossible for you to find a fairway. With the mini driver, the ball covers a longer distance and elevates more easily than with a Strong 3-wood. Your driver is commonly between 9 â 12 degrees of loft, a 3-wood between 15 degrees and 18 degrees and the 5-wood loft is between 20 and 22 degrees. © 2020 DISCOVERY GOLF, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, Make the right choice between hitting driver vs. 3-wood, USE OF AND/OR REGISTRATION ON ANY PORTION OF THIS SITE CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF OUR. Play the ball too far back in your stance. It offers a low spin rate that delivers longer shots. When choosing a 3 wood, it is imperative to choose something that has high ball speed, a premium graphite shaft, and low spin. How Much Does a Club Car Golf Cart Weigh? A Yamaha golf cart is a better option over an EZGO golf cart as it is more power-efficient and has lower maintenance costs. Why Club Car Jerks and Shakes When Taking Off? Should a 3 wood shaft be stiffer than driver? An amateur golfer can start off playing with a Strong 3-wood and then gradually progress to a driver. This club may not be a great fit for golfers with a low swing speed given the smaller size of the clubhead. The shaft length makes a big difference - a longer shaft means more distance while a shorter shaft means more accuracy. Although the mini-driver takes the cake with the off-the-deck shots, a golfer cannot ask for anything better than a Strong 3-wood to hit an off-the-tee shot. The faster swingers lost 27.6 yards (260.05 yards with the driver to 232.45 yards with the 3-wood). I guess now days it is the 3 wood. Itâs the longest club you have, and is generally the most forgiving (as well as the most expensive, of course). Finally, I understand an individuals preference concerning comfort and confidnece with specific clubs (driver vs 3-wood, old vs new, etc)âbut, statistically I would wager more lower scores across a wider data base of players if we reached for the 3-wood of choice off the tee. I've been struggling a bit lately with my 3 wood off the fairway so I was thinking of changing it for a strong Hybrid. It is mainly used by golfers to add an impressive distance to their shots. Back in the day of steel shafts and wooden heads, most people could hit a 5 wood farther than a 1,2, or 3 wood. Here are some other frequently asked questions about purchasing a 3 wood. The slower swingers, however, dropped only 14.35 yards (219.3 to 204.95). A lot of people prefer using a 3-wood as opposed to a driver. A compromise of roughly 14 yards distance might seem too small to some golfers in exchange for accurate off-the-tee shots every time they take a shot. However I would suggest if your handicap is over 12 you would be doing yourself a favour by opting for the more traditinonal 15 degree 3 wood. 3 woods now all come with a graphite shaft. His 3-Wood 7 [wlvar_Upgrade] I pulled some nice shots of Tiger teeing off at Firestone a few weeks ago and it gives us the opportunity to compare his driver swing, which has taken a lot of criticism for its lack of consistency and accuracy, and his 3-wood, which has been his go-to club in most situations that havenât required extra distance. A Strong 3-wood gives you the appropriate lift needed to hit the ball off the tee. The slower swingers, however, dropped only 14.35 yards (219.3 to 204.95). It has a tall face that aids with great off-the-tee shots. While the 3-wood has a loft of 15Â°, the strong 3-wood comes with a rough loft range of 13-14Â°. The author(s) and owner of of golfstorageguide.com are NOT trained electricians, mechanics or technicians. The lofts have increased so much that a 5 iron 20 years ago is a 7 iron today. If you use a strong 3-wood for an off-the-deck shot, it might not deliver the adequate spin rate. The driver is great at hitting off-the-deck shots. This directly impacts the curvature of the ball. That club is closer to the driver than the irons. The 3-wood is clearly giving these players more distance. The reason? Is there any difference besides length/adapter in driver shafts vs. fairway wood shafts? The Callaway Rougeâs Strong 3-wood with a loft angle of 13.5Â° features the Jailbreak technology. A 3 wood is a golf club that is designed with a low loft angle between 13-14 degrees. This can help the ball cover longer distances than what is achieved by using a driver. Strong 3-wood is more forgiving with the swing action as even a few mishits can sometimes convert into great shots. When you lower the loft, youâll find it becomes more difficult to hit the golf ball. Editor's Note: This story first appeared in the June 29 issue of Golf Digest Stix. The information on this website has not been verified for accuracy and should only be used for general information purposes only. The TS3 also offers a mid-launch which makes it a tad difficult to elevate the ball off the ground and into the air. Feb 27, 2011 â¦ And yes, the only real difference in a 3 wood and strong 3 wood is the 2 degree loft difference in most cases. Most golfers barely manage to elevate the ball off the ground using a strong 3-wood. The difference between the yardage offered by a driver and a Strong 3-wood when a golfer with an average swing speed makes a shot is only 14-15 yards. This technology includes two metal bars that connect the crown of the clubhead to its bottom. Malfunctioning microswitch. Loose […], link to EZGO Vs Yamaha Golf Carts (The Difference Explained), link to Why EZGO Golf Cart Wonât Move Forward or Reverse, Using a Strong 3 Wood Instead of a Driver, 4 Wood Vs 3 Wood Distance (Best Club Explained), 7 Wood; Distance, Loft, Length (7 Wood Vs 3 Hybrid) + Chart, 11 Wood; Distance, Loft (11 Wood Vs 5 Hybrid) + Chart. When using your driver, if youâre not able to launch the ball well off from a tee, a Strong 3-wood is a good alternative. 3-Woods help achieve accurate shots and bring consistency to the ball farther this technology includes metal... Tee using a strong 3-wood falls short when you attempt an off-the-deck shot, it should be about the.... 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