5 Wood Vs 4 Iron – Which Club To Use And When

The 5 wood and the 4 iron are popular clubs that have traditionally been found in most golf bags throughout the years.

The 5 wood is more a blunt object than the more precise 4 iron and the 5 wood will hit it on average of about 25 yards further than the 4 iron making it entirely possible to carry both of these clubs as part of your 14.

The 4 iron is going to be used off the tee on par 3’s and for hitting the green in 2 on par 4’s. It has a generous loft that also helps to make it a better club from the rough in general.

The rapid rise in popularity of hybrid clubs has put these club place on the mandatory list at stake with their consistency and tendency to produce straight shots, but none the less, both of these clubs are still very important.

5 Wood Overview

After the driver and the 3 wood comes the 5 wood in the pecking order. It is most often utilized from a nice lie in the fairway or from an approachable lie on the light to mid rough.

The 5 wood is very good at getting the ball high, fast and long towards the green for a second shot from the fairway or light rough.

The 5 wood has more loft and a shorter shaft than a 3 wood for example which make it a more accessible club to some players.

Players with slower swing speeds who use a 12+ degree driver, may benefit more from having 5 and 7 wood combo instead of a 3 and 5 or perhaps carrying a 5 wood and a hybrid would also be an option for many players.

With the 5 wood hitting an average of about 200 yards, this club is all about distance and getting a consistent and high launching strike on the ball with distance not many other clubs can match.

4 Iron Overview

4 Irons are pretty strong lofted in terms of irons and the 4 is one of the longest. It’s higher loft provides a higher launch, more spin and less distance allowing better players to target a precise point on the green.

4 Irons are quite versatile and it can also be a handy club of the tee on a par three or ideally for a second shot from a nice lie on the fairway or side cut.

The long and compact blade can come in many variations from game improvement, to players blades to distance irons depending on the level of your game.

4 Irons have excellent turf interaction and large sweet spots, with the improvement in hybrids over the years, the irons have also improved and you can expect more distance, accuracy, consistency and forgiveness in today’s irons than ever before.

If you do end up in the rough, the 4 iron is always going to be an option, the head can cut through long grass more easily than a 5 wood and the shaft is also shorter if you are in a bit of trouble.

Both of these clubs are useful for all levels of golfers and if you do struggle with either one, you can also try to replace it with a hybrid.

The 5 wood will be great off a good lie and possibly off the tee and the 4 iron will be shorter but slightly more versatile, being playable off the tee, fairway and more rough than the 5 wood.

5 Wood Quick Facts

Category – Longer Club

When To Use: From Fairway, Tee Or Light Rough

Average Distance: 195

Longer Hitter: 215

Shorter Hitter: 180

Typical Loft: 18 Degrees

Club Importance: 92/100

4 Iron Quick Facts

Category – Mid-Long Range

When To Use: From Fairway, Tee Or Light To Mid-Heavy Rough

Average Distance: 170

Longer Hitter: 180

Shorter Hitter: 160

Typical Loft: 25 Degrees

Club Importance: 93/100

5 Wood Overview & First Impressions

The 5 wood is one of the nicest clubs to hit in the bag form the fairway, light rough and occasionally from the tee as well.

It has a large head with a manageable shaft length and a generous loft which results in a high long and straight ball flight.

When the ball sits up on the fairway is the perfect time to pull out the trusty 5 wood and it’s flight path is higher and we less roll than the club that is one up in the 5 wood.

The Average hitter will average close to 200 yards with a 5 wood so it is quite a long club in and of itself  and the next club down the line with be a 3 hybrid , 3 iron, driving iron or even a 7 wood.

Common problems when hitting the club would a hook or a fade and it can be down to a number of issues from shaft length to shaft flex or just the swing mechanics of the golfer.

A D Type 5 wood might help to straighten out a 5 wood’s flight path or else some lessons.

5 Woods have slightly become less popular in recent times due to the hybrid clubs gaining popularity and even finding their way into the professionals bags these days. Still the 5 wood is an extremely popular club in almost every bag.

One Club Up – 3 Wood

A Slightly longer and lower launching club than the 5 wood, it is a staple is every golf bag around the world. It is also quite versatile being useful from the tee, fairway or the light rough.

One Club Down – 3 Hybrid

A common club that we see nowadays one down from the 5 is the three hybrid. Great for accuracy and distance from fairway and rough, it has a sharp leading edge for hitting from the rough, earning it’s name as the rescue club.

4 Iron Overview & First Impressions

The 4 iron is an impressive mid to long range club with a slender compact head, aimed at precision and accuracy.

The longer irons have come under attack from hybrids in recent years and this has caused the irons to up their game too.

The 4 iron hits on average of about 170 yards making it ideal for hitting the green in two on a par 4 and also for hitting the green off the tee on a par 3.

The 4 iron is high flying, with more spin and it also has a shorter shaft offering more control and precision with the club.

While the Hybrid maybe longer and more consistently straight, it lacks the workability of the 4 iron.

Since the lofts of irons keep getting stronger over the years, there are plenty of sets that now start with the 4 iron, excluding the 3.

4 Irons come in many variations from game improvement irons, to blades to distance irons, all catered to different levels.

It’s loft and excellent turf interaction make the club effective from the mid to heavy rough but a clean strike from the fairway is the ideal position to use it from.

One Club Up – 3 Iron

The 3 iron has a stronger loft than the 4 iron @ 21 Degrees and it hits the ball generally about 10 yards further than the 4 iron. It has less launch, less spin and less precision than the 4 Iron.

One Club Down – 5 Iron

The 5 iron has more loft than the 4 iron, it hits the ball a shorter distance, has more spin, control and workability and it hits the ball about 10 yards less.

5 Wood Selling Points

  • Easy & Rewarding Club To Hit
  • Long, Arching Ball Flight With Less Roll
  • Great For Long Par 4’s And Par 5’s
  • One Of The Most Popular Clubs In Many Bags
  • Higher Loft And More Forgiving.

4 Iron Selling Points

  • Precision Club With Plenty Of Accuracy
  • Different Iron Styles To Suit All Levels
  • Great For Pin Hunting
  • Higher Spin Rates And More Workable Than 3 Iron
  • Works Well From The Rough

Who Are 5 Woods For?

The 5 wood is an excellent club for everyone to carry.

It is long, forgiving and easy to hit and it also covers key distances on the course.

The high arching stroke makes this club perfect for hunting the green on a long par 4 or on a par 5, it can be also be used from the tee for par 3’s or to lay up on a dog leg.

All in all the 5 wood is a key component in every bag.

Our Favorite 5 Wood – The Taylormade Sim Max

The Taylormade Sim Max range has a ton of quality features for distance, forgiveness and accuracy.

The Sim Max is not the latest model so you get it at a good price and it is competitive with any club in the game.

The sim max will ideally help high handicappers but the sim 5 wood will be perfect for intermediates.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel and Control: 91/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Who Are 4 Irons For?

The 4 Iron is a club you can find it any level of golfers bag.

There is a necessity to cover that 170 yard distance and if you aren’t going to be using a hybrid, you will most likely be using a 4 iron.

While the Hybrid might be straighter and more consistent, the 4 Iron is going to be a lot more workable for better players who want more control over the ball.

Our Favorite 4 Iron – The Taylormade Sim Max

If you are looking for a club set that has some of the very best technology and packs in forgiveness alongside distance and accuracy, the Taylormade Sim Max is a serious option.

While the Sim is measured at mid handicappers, the Sim Max offers more in the way of forgiveness with a huge sweet spot expanded by a speed pocket and ICT technology and with a speed bridge giving an excellent feel, you really can’t go too far wrong with a Sim Max 4 iron.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 95/100

Feel and Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 95/100

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