Should you Tee Off With a 3-Wood or a Driver?

By Hank Haney

I want to give you a little course management tip that's sure to take strokes off your game. The driver's the most difficult club for most people to hit. And the reason being is that it has anywhere from seven and 11 degrees of loft so it's your straightest face club. That means it has the most potential for curvature.

What Club to Hit if You Don't Drive Straight

If you hit the ball with a clubface that is either too open or too closed, you're going to get curvature on the golf ball. Because the driver has the least amount of loft, it will curve the most. A three wood has more loft which means you hit more underneath the ball and that puts a little more backspin. Backspin counteracts sidespin, that's why you'll always hit a three wood straighter than you will a driver.

So if you come to a tight hole and you haven't been driving the ball particularly straight a three wood might be a better play off the tee. You're sure to hit more fairways with the three wood than you will with a driver. Remember, if you come to a tight hole a three wood might be a better play.

You'll get more balls in the fairway with a three wood off the tee than you will with a driver.


Category: Club Selection
Sub Categories: Course Strategy, Tee Shots

About the Instructor

Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300