9 Iron Vs. 3 Wood Comparison Overview
Should you be using a 3 wood or a 9 iron? At the end of the day, you may find that you need both clubs to play your best round. That’s because the 9 iron and 3 wood are traditionally deployed in different situations.
While they aren’t necessarily interchangeable, you may have some questions about their performance factors. So to shed some light on these clubs, we tested them side by side and recorded our findings in the following article.
9 Iron Overview
On average, we were getting 120 yards of total distance with the 9 iron that we tested. This club will be your best friend on short approaches and is an essential club for anyone who wishes to improve their short game.
The 9 iron is known for providing towering launch. We found that it is especially useful on hilly greens or when you’re playing behind hazards on short approaches. Yes, the 9 iron does take some getting used to. It’s the shortest of the numbered irons so it can be jarring for some.
However, the 9 iron we tested allowed us to make par on tougher greens and it can help better golfers make more eagles. Overall, this is a performance iron that we think every golfer should learn to work with at some point or another.
3 Wood Overview
The 3 wood may not be as essential as a 9 iron but it may be useful for some players to use off the tee.
The average distance we were getting with the 3 wood we tested was about 280 yards. It was viable off the tee and the deck. However, be aware that if you are going to use a 3 wood off the tee, it will be a much shorter tee than you would use for a driver.
For this reason, turf interaction comes into play. This is a matter of sole design though and will differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. At any rate, we found that the 3 wood is a great replacement for your driver when you want a bit more spin and workability.
The 3 wood plays long and may be a good option on days when your driver doesn’t seem to be cooperating with you. It will help with your long game while the 9 iron is an essential club to tighten up your short game.