5 Wood Vs 7 Wood – Which Club To Use And When
2 Clubs without much difference between them but the loft, while the 5 wood remains as the vastly more popular club in most golfers bags.
That tends to be because golfers tend to switch to Irons or Hybrids after the 5 wood but that is not a universal law.
Dustin Johnson was seen carrying a 7 Wood on the PGA Tour this year, so the club certainly has something to offer.
5 Wood Overview
The 5 wood is a club that is still vastly popular today, more generously lofted and easier to hit than the 3 wood, due to it’s shorter shaft length.
The 5 wood is one of the longer clubs in the game and it is more like a sledgehammer than a chisel when compared to other clubs like a 3 iron.
The 5 wood comes into it’s own when the ball is sitting up nicely on the fairway and when you hit it nicely, it can be a consistent way to get close to the green from around 200 yards back.
The large head brings forgiveness and consistency but if you struggle, you may see a slice.
With 18 degrees of loft, the club may be a bit loftier off the tee than other options but it is excellent for anyone struggling to get their 3 wood airborne consistently.
Its extra loft, makes it a better option for hitting for light to mid rough too, but makes sure you have a half decent lie first
7 Wood Overview
The 7 wood is somewhat of an anomaly, so close to 5 wood in terms of loft and distance but it isn’t used even half as much.
The 7 wood has 22 degrees of loft, 1 more than a typical 3 wood and we should see the average player hitting the club about 190 from sitting up nicely on the fairway.
For slow swingers, this one is going to be easy to get in the air and if your driver is set to 12 degree, you may skip the 3 wood and go with a 5 and 7 wood combination.
Again the large head adds forgiveness and the ball flight on the 7 is going to be higher, shorter and with less roll than the 5 wood.
The head of the club is larger too with a large sweet spot and the shorter shaft length makes the club more accessible to slower swing speeds.
A higher loft makes the club more workable from the light to mid rough too, unless the lie is particularly bad.
7 Woods are versatile and can be hit from tee, fairway and rough, if you struggle with long irons, this can be a great club to carry instead, although it admittedly does face stiff competition from the increasingly popular hybrids nowadays.
A lot will depend on how well you hit Woods vs Irons and Hybrids as to which clubs you carry, Woods are also easier to hit a draw or fade with for the better players.