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How can I better hit my 3 wood off the fairway? I’m hitting this club very inconsistently, and I’m not getting good contact.

Julio from Argentia
March 08, 2016

Bobby’s Answer

Great question, Julio.

The 3 wood is so valuable to golfers because it is the club that you need to hit the farthest off the fairway, yet it is probably the most difficult club to get solid contact.

They are so difficult to hit because variables such as the cut of the fairway and lie of the ball can alter the launch angle of the club face, which explains why hitting a 3 wood off the tee travels farther than a shot on the fairway.

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So, to maximize your IMPACT with this club, what can you do?

Luckily, the answer relies within the 5-Dynamics of Impact! It is CRUCIAL to achieve the 4-inch in front swing bottom with longer clubs such as a 3 wood. Doing this involves fully loading the club at the top of your back swing and creating enough lag in the downswing to drive that ball down the fairway.

Watch the video below to see what I mean.

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  1. Well, we did see that YOU can hit a 3 wood, but Julio wanted to have you explain just what you do to get to that ?? “swing-bottom” ??. I guess I’m not sure that you hitting a nice shot demonstrated just how to do it.

    I not trying to be a smart-guy or wise-guy but I was hoping to see just how to hit that 3 wood from the fairway cause that’s my problem also. Maybe another demo explaining what is obvious to you but not to us would be a little more helpful.

    1. I agree. I understand moving the swing bottom forward 3-4 inches as with all the clubs but are you making a defending blow or a sweeping/ upward strike on the ball. The video was very vague as to actually how to hit a 3 wood easier. I usually enjoy and get a lot out of your videos but this one doesn’t explain anything except to move swing bottom forward which if people watch your videos. We already have our swing bottom 3-4 inches ahead of the ball.

      1. Hi Jonathan, Thanks for your comment. We’ve passed it on to Bobby, so be on the lookout for a follow-up video!
        -the IZG Team

    2. Hi Rick! Thanks for your comment. We’ve passed it on to Bobby, so be on the lookout for a follow-up video!
      -the IZG Team

    3. A properly struck shot off of turf results in ball first contact with the divot starting roughly 1″ past the ball and the deepest part of the divot occurring 3-4″ past the ball. The deepest part of the divot represents the “swing bottom”. To wit, shots from the turf are definitely played with a downward strike. Typically, the swing bottom is directly below the forward shoulder joint as that is where maximum extension occurs.

      Given that knowledge, shots off of the turf should be played 3-4 ” behind the forward shoulder joint and tee shots even with or slightly in front of the forward shoulder joiint such that you have the best chance to strike tee shots with a level or ascending clubhead.

  2. Bobby,As you wisely say ,you CAN hit the 3 Wood flush only if the ball is not sitting too much down .I it does ,better play the 5 Wood or a low lofted Hybrid ( I play down to the 2 Hybrid – 16° OF loft )
    Also ,if you don’t have enough swing Speed to Nil the ball cleanly ,put 60% OF YOUR Weight on YOUR front footvat address .It helps creating the descending arc with the bottom OF the swing 2 or 3 inches infront OF the ball

  3. You only demonstrated that you can do it and never taught how to do it. If you wish to be relevant, try answering the questions sent to you, instead of showing that it can be done. If you cannot teach what you know, you probably don’t know much. I have the same problem hence my grouse. I am here to learn from a specialist, not to admire his ability if you get the rhythm.
    Thanks anyway.

  4. Wow, sounded like you really nutted that one but did not see anything close to a divot, so did you pick it clean as opposed to hitting down four inches in front? Thx

  5. Do you have a method for hitting the ball out of the rough. I have a tendency of hitting the ball fat out of the rough.

  6. I may be able to help Julio with is 3 wood problem as I used to have it as well. I have found that vertical irregularities in the swing arc (head moving up and down) will cause both fat and thin shots off fairway strikes with a 3 wood. Stabilizing the platform of your swing by firming up your flexed leg muscles reduces the up/down movement and makes for more consistent contact. It will improve your other shots as well. Hope this helps.

  7. So many negative comments about Bobby’s showing how to hit the three wood from the fairway.(Never hit it when the ball is lying in the high rough .You may hit it from the short rough though ,if the ball is on top of the grass ).
    First and foremost you have to hit the ball with a DESCENDING BLOW and take a very shallow divot :you’re scratching the grass ,not entering the turf .Your swing has to be fluid ,never “hit”at the ball ,swing in a rather slow tempo ,don’t try to make distance.if you can’t acheive this shot ,fall back on the Five wood which gets the ball air borne easier

  8. I forgot one very important key issue to succeed with this three wood shot :you have to be moving forward in the ball :to do
    so ,push your left hip agressively forwards (“BUMP IT !)when going in your throughswing.
    Don’t stay on your back leg ,and don’t hit with arms ,it’s the body rotation over the left leg acting as a post which moves the club ,the arms reamain “POWERLESS “

    1. Look a few inches in front of your ball ,don’t swing wth your arms but with your hips,keep your swing smooth and and under control ,never faster than 80% of your fastest swing ,stay in your swing (Don’t lift your upper body when swinging ) and you’ll never top or thin the ball again

  9. 3 wood persimmon & laminated woods have been obsolete for long time. Maybe if he gets a metal fairway club you”ll do better.Gene

  10. my comments are a question
    where do you look when you putt / drive/ or use your irons
    in front of the ball / on top of the ball / behind the ball

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