How to Get Max Distance With Your 3-Woods

By Steve Silverman

The 3-wood is one of the most important clubs in a golfer's bag. It is quite versatile, as it can be used off the tee and from the fairway. A very confident golfer may even try to use it from the light rough. Many golfers will use 3-woods instead of their drivers. With some tips on technique and some practice, you can learn how to get maximum distance from your 3-wood.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Use your 3-wood off the tee on any par 4 or par 5 hole. To get maximum distance, use a 1 ½-inch tee to get the ball to stand tall. Play the ball about one ball length forward in your stance. Rotate your hips to the right on the backswing, and then bring them back to the left on the forward swing. Once your hips have made it through the hitting zone, bring your hands through in a smooth and controlled manner.
Step 2
Play your 3-wood from the fairway when you are more than 200 yards from the hole. To get maximum power, turn your left foot toward the hole so that it is approaches 45 degrees. This will help you follow through with more speed and get more power behind your shot.
Step 3
Check your grip when hitting from the tee or the fairway. The small finger on your right hand should be placed between the forefinger and middle finger of your left hand. Your thumbs should be in alignment down the shaft of the club. To add extra power, turn your left hand a few degrees to the right.
Step 4
Place your weight primarily on your left leg as you begin your swing. As you rotate your hips to the right, move your weight to your right side. Then, as you make contact, your weight will go back to your left side. The weight shift from left side to right side back to left side will allow you to get maximum distance from your 3-wood.
Step 5
Go to the driving range with your 3-wood. In addition to hitting the ball off the tee, make sure you practice with your 3-wood off the mat. The more you practice with it at the range, the more comfortable you will be with it on the course.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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