5 Wood Vs 3 Iron – Which Club To Use And When
The 3 Iron and the 5 Wood are two of the longer clubs found in the golf bag and both are primarily used when aiming for the green on a second or third shot.
The 5 wood has a larger circular head and generous lofts allow for high launching, and long shots, especially from the fairway.
The 3 Iron is a club that has been used extensively in the past but is begin replaced by hybrids more and more. It has a smaller more compact head and better players get quite a bit of precision from the club.
3 Iron Overview
A 3 iron has a slender and compact head compared to the large circular head of the 5 wood.
The 3 Iron has 21 degrees of loft compared to the 18 Degree of the 5 wood and the 3 iron is well suited to tee shots on par 3’s and shots of the fairway and light to mid rough when hunting for the green or for an advantageous lay up.
The 3 iron can also be used as a driving iron off the tee when looking for a precise and accurate layup.
Plenty of beginners will prefer a 3 or 4 hybrid over the 3 iron but better players will still keep a 3 iron as they target the green precisely with the smaller blade and they can also work the ball in a draw or a fade.
Golfers may also prefer the 3 iron if the tend to slice or hook a 5 wood a bit too much.
The 3 Iron is a quality club for those who can use it effectively in a number of scenarios.
5 Wood Overview
The 5 wood is one of the longest clubs a golfer can carry with its oversized head and formidable 18 degree loft.
The 5 wood is an incredibly popular club because of the distance it hits and how easy it is to get ball in the air from the fairway.
A 5 wood can hit the ball around 200 yards so it is a bit longer than the 3 iron but it may be prone to a slice or a hook for some because the shaft is usually longer than a 3 iron.
A 5 wood is a very popular club when you are trying to get the ball close to the green but the 3 iron can be more effective when hunting the pin.
A 5 wood can also be used off the tee on a par 3 but also from the fairway and light rough when seeking the green on a par 4 or 5.
While the 5 wood is a quality club for almost all golfers, it will be particularly useful to the beginner who can wield it effectively for long and straight shots
The 3 iron is great for precision strikers who can get the ball very close to where they are aiming, it is also perfect for pin hunting for all players who can hit it well.