Will a 3 wood or a driver help you play better golf and hit more fairways. Play your best golf with simple and easy to follow golf tips from AskGolfGuru Mark Crossfield.

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I decided to put this into a new thread rather than the current 3 wood thread. That one was more about which particular 3 wood to buy but my question is about the general concept of using a strong 3 wood vs. a driver.

Update: I found a Cleveland Hibore XL 2-wood and a Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Strong 3-wood. Tried both. The 3+ wood didn't fly as far as my current Taylor Made Burner 3 wood so the "+" didn't make a difference.

Having more loft than drivers, fairway woods are easier to hit and can be Steel offers a strong, forgiving element to the club and this inexpensive metal.

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Learning how to swing a 3-wood creates a powerful weapon in your golf game. Pro golfer Tiger Woods notes that his swing with a 3-wood isn’t as long or as fast as his swing with the driver but is a longer swing than he uses with his irons.

Anyone out there using a strong 3 wood instead of driver? I am not keen on the big 460cc head drivers and feel I'd get on a lot better with a smaller.

  1. Mar 6, 2012 Some better golfers use their drivers off the fairway when they need a huge The latest lot of strong 3-woods are also more aerodynamically .

  2. THE PROBLEM WITH 3-WOODS Most golfers use their driver off the tee, and get whatever amount of distance with it they can. It's the longest club in the bag, and the most forgiving.

  3. Perhaps the hardest part of analysing the new Ping Rapture was deciding whether it is a fairway wood or a driver. Whilst it has 13 degrees of loft and says 3 on the sole, Ping are describing it as a "versatile driver alternative".

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Of course you need a driver, and a strong fairway wood - probably something in the 13 to 16 degree range. And then, you have two options - hybrid or fairway .

Fairway woods fill the gap between a driver and long irons. Golfers that struggle with their drivers often times opt to use a strong 3 wood instead of a lower CG by saving 8 grams vs a steel crown, driving higher launch while reducing spin .