3 Wood Vs 7 Wood – Which Club To Use And When
The 3 Wood and the 7 Wood are similar clubs with different lofts, distances, shaft length’s and situations they cater for.
The 3 wood is one of the most popular clubs in the game and also one of the longest, usually coming after the driver in most golfers bags. It is versatile from the fairway, tee and light rough.
The 7 wood has a higher loft and shorter shaft than the 3 wood making it perfect for those with shorter swing speeds and it is also a treat for anyone who hits their woods well.
3 Wood Overview
The 3 wood is long, versatile and if you hit it well, it can be a good to club in plenty of situations.
Most perfectly suited to launching the ball towards the green from a favorable lie on the fairway, the large head and massive face inspire confidence in the golfer to get the ball moving far and fast.
For many beginners, the may find the driver too hot to handle and will perform better with a 3 wood off the tee than with a driver.
Not as precise as a 3 iron, the 3 wood can get the ball in the direction of the green from an average of about 210 yards for most golfers, hence why it is so popular.
A common flaw with the 3 wood is a possible tendency to slice if the club is not fitted properly or the swing is breaking down somewhere.
The club is perfect from favorable lies in the light to mid rough too.
7 Wood Overview
The 7 wood is somewhat of an acquired taste, most golfers don’t carry one, but it is available and highly effective in a number of situations.
The 7 wood has recently been seen in the bags of Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood so we know it can suit every level of golfer.
While the pros are using it for its work ability and consistency for certain courses, high handicappers and beginners can also use the club to great effect.
The higher degree of loft makes the flight bath with the 7 wood higher launching and it lands with less roll to target the green more precisely.
Also the shorter shaft makes it easier to hit with for many.
Players with slow swing speeds who use a 12 or 13 degree driver might be better off with a 7 wood and 5 wood rather than a 3 and 5.
The sharper leading edge of the 7 wood also makes it more effective from the rough but it will have stiff competition from the hybrid clubs in this category.
The 3 wood is the longer club and its going to be in most golfers bags. Players with slower swing speeds, especially seniors, or those who hits woods well, will get a lot of utility in the 7 wood.
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
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