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The 3 wood

Discussion in 'Hacker's Anonymous' started by MIKE1218, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. MIKE1218

    MIKE1218 Top Bloke

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    I played nine yesterday and posted an excellent score. I shot an even par 36. Only missed one shot - a 3 wood from the fairway, 245 out. Low block slice. That is NOT my miss with any club. But I've hit a lot of those with various 3 woods. I was hitting the driver really well, and sticking approaches. In other words, my swing was feeling great. Last time I played, on Saturday, I hit the 3 wood twice; once from the fairway on this same par 5 (put it left side of the green from 250) and once from the tee on a shorter par 4 (low block slice).

    I don't know if this is mental or what. My swing really is solid right now, except I just can't hit a 3 wood consistently. From the fairway my divots look fine, just a bit of brushed/torn up grass after the ball. I can't tell a difference in the divots when I hit a block slice but those shots are slightly off the toe of the club. I get full distance off those shots, and the contact is clean, but slightly toward the toe. My swing does not feel different (that I can tell) and I am good enough to tell when I've put a bad swing on the ball. This is frustrating because, while I don't need this shot often, I feel it is holding me back for when I do need it.

    Has anyone else ever had a problem hitting fairway woods consistently though the rest of the bag is solid? Is this in my head? Is my swing just not compatible with fairway woods? Should I just quit golf? Please feel free to offer advice or sarcasm.
     
  2. N.V.M.

    N.V.M. now...a cartoon

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    if you can't hit a 3 wood, try a hybrid.
     
  3. SilverUberXeno

    SilverUberXeno El Tigre Blanco

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    Block slice = hitting the ball with a clubface that is open relative to the path of your swing. I don't know how you're doing it, because I'm not seeing you swing, but that's what's happening.
     
  4. MIKE1218

    MIKE1218 Top Bloke

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    I know this. But therein lies the problem: I have no idea why. I am only doing that with the 3 wood (and the 3 wood before it).
     
  5. eclark53520

    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    I hook the ever living shit out of my 3 wood most times.

    Rarely do i ever hit a straight one with it...i can hit every other club in my bag straight, pull out that 3w and its hook city.

    Might be the club, might be in my head...i have no clue...i'm not much help

    But at least your not alone
     
  6. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Taylormade Ho' Magnet

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    I do that from time to time. I just don't hit 3 wood off the deck often enough to worry about it.

    245, I'll just take my hybrid and rail it up there. Leave myself 10-15 yards if I don't get any run out to my target. Easier than freakin' out over my damn 3 wood. ;)
     
  7. TheTrueReview

    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    Mike, you only had one miss so you might be being a bit hard on yourself. Stick with it. I think some of the times weekend golfers don't practice the 3 wood enough. It's usually either practice driver or practice 3 wood but not both.
     
  8. MIKE1218

    MIKE1218 Top Bloke

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    It was one time that round, because I hit the 3 wood once that round. It is a repeating thing. That ball flight only occurs with the 3 wood, about 50% of the times I hit it. When I step up to hit it, I have no idea if it will be straight or 30 yards right. I had the same problem with my last 3 wood as well. This is a recurring thing, not a one-time misshit.
     
  9. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    I've watched you hit and I know you have a picture perfect swing. One I am extremely envious of.

    I think you might be just over swinging trying to hit it too hard? When I screw up my 3-wood (or anything else) that's what I'm doing and of all the clubs in the bag the 3-wood is the one I want to swing too hard the most.
     
  10. Dusty90

    Dusty90 Another Canuck

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    Buy a new 3 wood.

    That works most of the time doesn't it.


    In all seriousness though, I am having a similar problem hitting my 3 wood, however since I have not been able to golf as much as I would like recently, I am putting it down to lack of practice.
     
  11. wirehair

    wirehair Life's too short to drink cheap wine.

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    3 woods are evil! I've decided that very rarely are you hitting a 3 wood at anything except "as far as I can get it". Of course that means you're going to swing too hard and miss hit. It's a state law here in Texas, or every state I've played golf in.
     
  12. SilverUberXeno

    SilverUberXeno El Tigre Blanco

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    Occasionally even a skilled golfer makes a flukey, odd swing. I think you're now psychologically predisposed to doing it with your 3W. You made a flukey weird swing once, then immediately tried to fix your swing that wasn't broken. You changed your normal swing based on one or two episodes of poor control. So now your "normal" swing with that club is anything but. Try hitting some 200 yard 3 wood shots straight, then apply speed gradually and pay very close attention to how your body wants to do it. If you're sliding your hips toward the target, you're going to lay that face open. If you're jerking your left shoulder up, same thing. Really, just try to feel what you're doing DIFFERENTLY with that 3W swing.
     
  13. SiberianDVM

    SiberianDVM I love Hooters Moderator

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    Buy a R9 3 wood. Only one I've ever been able to hit better off the deck than off a tee.
     
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    Have you tried moving the ball position. That club is significantly longer than most hybrids and certainly. irons. I just had that problem (low block) and found I was playing the ball too close to center of stance. Moved it about 1 ball forward and all is well. Enough so that the starter by the range commented he wished he could hit a 3 wood like that!!!! After hitting a ton of the low ugly screamers that was music to my ears.:beach3:
     
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    I agree with Zaphod, a low block slice with just the three wood seems to indicate the ball position being to far back in the stance. Extend your left arm straight up (right handed player) shoulder high at address, with the bottom flange (cut line) on a 90 degree angle to the ground,( make sure your Grip is correct)
    The (cut line) line will be facing straight up & down as your looking at it. Set the club in position behind the ball without moving the wrists, square line for the flag. Adjust your body position to the club face. you should notice the 13/15 degree club angle should be more predominant (as far as loft goes) You should be looking at the back of the ball not the top of the ball, dont sway forward on the ball on the down swing.
    That should get that 3 wood under control for a 34.
     
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    The irony with the 3 wood (for me, anyway) is that when I'm hitting driver well, I rarely touch my 3 wood. If I muff one off the tee with driver, I'll usually go to my 2 hybrid which is only about 20 metres shorter than the 3 wood & a tad easier to hit. That's also because if I've dudded on off the tee, my confidence might be down, so I avoid trying to hit a 'harder' club like the 3 wood.

    Today, was a perfect example of why IMO the 3 wood should not be forgotten. I was on a long par 4 & didn't get my drive away as long as I would have liked. I was about 220m out from the green & into a headwind. My 2 hybrid wouldn't have made it. I hadn't hit my 3 wood for a few weeks but I recalled this thread & thought 'what the heck'. I pulled it out, lined up the shot & to my surprise smacked it sweetly. The ball tracked like a laser to the green with a lovely little draw. One bounce in front & up and onto the green. I couldn't believe it. Then 2 putts for the par & I left the green with a big grin. ... and it was only the 3 wood that could have delivered the shot needed.

    Wish I could hit it like that all the time. Geez it felt good. :)
     
  17. Jon1221

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    i seem to have the same problem on occasion i have concurred that i mishit the ball like this when im trying to kill it and swing from the inside but cant get the clubface aroung and there is the block slice my $0.02
     
  18. 295yards

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    Kinda sounds like a game of golf!

    Hmmm, 250 to the green? Should I lay up or risk going for it? : )

    The best advice I can give is to only consider hitting this high risk shot when the golf course will let you.
     
  19. chemboy2

    chemboy2 M634 Supporting Member

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    Was it the Axivcore J33?
     
  20. MIKE1218

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    Yeah, but it also happens with the Evo J33. And my previous 3 wood. And my buddy's 3 wood. I haven't had a chance to play in a while, but sometime this week I will get out to the course and mess with it. I want to try hitting some balls at the 150 sign then add some speed.
     

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