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In my travels around YouTube yesterday I came across this video by someone who calls himself the Average Golfer. In it he makes the point that the average golfer should take out the 3-wood out of the bag and use the 5-wood for fairway shots and off the tee on tight fairways. He says the 5-wood is straighter than the 3, and you don't lose much as much yardage as one would think. After watching his video I got to thinking that I only use my 3-wood on one hole, and the rest of the time it's just a passenger in my bag. On the other hand I love my 5-wood, it's probably my favorite club in my bag. I could add some other club in my bag that would be more useful, like a 5-iron or a 60° wedge. I'll give it a try next time I play and see what happens. Opinions?

 

 

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I like my 3 wood. There are a couple of par 5s at my home course where a good drive still puts you 230-250 yds from an uphill green. Hitting a solid 3 wood on or near the green can be one of the most satisfying shots of the round. 
 

That being said, do what works for you. I typically hit my 5 wood 0 to 1 time per round depending on situation and tee positions (there is one tight dogleg par 4 that is either a 5 wood or 4 iron off the tee depending on wind, tee position, etc.).  But I still carry it and enjoy hitting it if the situation calls for it. 
 

You do you. 

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Started carrying driver/2h/3h early this spring.  Works for me and I could hit my 3w just fine.  It got pulled maybe once or twice a week and I play 3-4 rounds weekly.  The 2H quite satisfactorily fills that gap.

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There is also the fact that loft and length jacking has also hit fairway woods. Most 3Ws off the rack are 2w loft with a driver length shaft. Current 5w are really about 3w specs from 25 years ago. I have a “7w” in my bag with a 9w length shaft. Really, it’s just normal 5w specs from the turn of the century. Nothing has really changed over the years bu the number on the bottom of clubs for marketing purposes. 

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I could ditch the 3W no problem and score about the same. There are many rounds when the headcover stays on the whole time. However, I cant think of anything else that I could replace it with in the bag that would be more beneficial. Perhaps a 64 degree wedge? 

 

However, how many clubs are you carrying that you dont have a 5 iron or 60 in your bag already? 

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I love my 3 wood (actually a 2 wood).  I hit it off the tee regularly on tight par 4s and 5s.  I don't lose a lot of distance over my driver and due to the shorter shaft, it is more accurate.  I don't often hit it from the fairway because I'm normally not looking at a 260-270 shot to the green.  However, if I were in that situation, I wouldn't hesitate to hit it.  I will admit that you have to generate some clubhead speed to hit a low lofted fairway wood, so those with slower speeds might want to avoid them.

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I use my 3W quite a bit, but I am not very long with my clubs.  Most shots over 200 yards and I am grabbing the 3W.  I see that PXG Gen 5 fairway woods come in a 17° 4 wood which might work to replace both the 3W and 5W.  

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Its not as much about 'ditching the 3 wood' as it is 'modern 15 degree fairway woods at 43 inches in length are not a good fit for most average golfers'.

 

Pair slower swing speeds with bad swing mechanics and delivery and you have a recipe for an extremely inconsistent club usage.

 

Some people will be better served with more loft, some will be better served with a shorter shaft, and some will be better served with both. YMMV on which of the 3 will help you.

 

Most average golfers can still hit a 15 degree 3 wood if they tried it with a shorter shaft. The best compromise of all of the above is actually a 3HL or 4 wood, not a 5 wood. but again, ymmv.

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1 hour ago, Gohigh said:

I could ditch the 3W no problem and score about the same. There are many rounds when the headcover stays on the whole time. However, I cant think of anything else that I could replace it with in the bag that would be more beneficial. Perhaps a 64 degree wedge? 

 

However, how many clubs are you carrying that you don't have a 5 iron or 60 in your bag already? 

Right now I'm carrying a driver, 3-wood and 5-wood, a 3, 4, and 5 hybrid, 6 to PW irons, a gap and sand wedge for my 14 clubs (along with a putter). I don't need the 5-iron since I hit the 5 hybrid very well, so I'll put the 60° in my bag. I have two 60s, one with 4° of bounce and one with 8°. I don't hit the 4° very well so I'll try the 8° and see what happens. Funny but I have no problems hitting my 56° sand wedge with 10° of bounce.

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For a long, long time, the longest club in my bag was a 3W.  Original Callaway Steelhead with the Memphis 10 shaft, and I could hit it farther than a lot of people playing with me could hit their drivers.  Still remember being at a bachelor party golf outing, and one guy was going on and on about not understanding how I could play golf without a driver.  Then we teed off on the first hole, and his immediate response was, "Huh.  Maybe you don't need a driver..."

 

Until I noticed a strange feeling with the club, and realized the shaft had a bend in it a few inches above the clubhead.  Couldn't get the Memphis 10 shaft any longer, so I tried a few replacements, but nothing was quite right.  And I struggled to find another 3W that I liked as much as that old Callaway, so I bit the bullet and finally got a driver.

 

But it all comes down to how much you practice and play with a club.  If you spend the time with it, most people could probably hit that 3wood just as consistently as a 5wood.

 

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I think the same statement has been made about 60* wedges.....something along the lines of "no average golfer needs a wedge higher than 56*-58*".

 

Which I would agree with as the first 2 clubs I dumped were my 3w & 60* and have only improved since that decision.

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12 minutes ago, texcellence86 said:

I think the same statement has been made about 60* wedges.....something along the lines of "no average golfer needs a wedge higher than 56*-58*".

 

Which I would agree with as the first 2 clubs I dumped were my 3w & 60* and have only improved since that decision.

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I use my 3w off the tee in tight fairways. I also play a 2h that I hit and shape better then a 5w. I find myself at times wanting to bag a 5w but I still would not give up my 3wood. On days the driver isn't working for me, I will make a quick switch to the 3w and find those fairways. 

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It takes a long time to find the "right" 3 wood.  Once you find it don't let it go!

 

It's the one club that pros hold on to the longest in their bags.

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The 3W is a super hard club to fit and a super hard club to replace when you have a well fit one. Most golfers don't spend the time to find that perfectly fit 3W which is why most suck with one. 

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I think it depends on the length of course, how wet it is, and the wind.  Also how far the par-3s are.

 

If it's 6200-6600 I would definitely leave it out.  If it's above 6800, I would keep it.  If the fairways are hot, keep.  If it's windy, keep.  I'd swap out the 5-iron because it's only slightly shorter than my 4.

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7 hours ago, third-times-a-charm said:

Its not as much about 'ditching the 3 wood' as it is 'modern 15 degree fairway woods at 43 inches in length are not a good fit for most average golfers'.


This. The 16.5HL versions at 42-42.5" would be a far better starting point for the average player. 

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