Hitting 3 wood off the deck

Still struggling this year to hit it consistent from the fairways.  Any ideas??

I set it up off inside of my front foot (my left).  When I have good contact I ends up slicing.  I think I'm releasing too early.  I know I need to try to get to where I'm starting to swing upwards when I get to the ball.

Thanks!

Justin

I think your problem is "I know I need to try to get to where I'm starting to swing upwards when I get to the ball".

Now you're probably raising the left shoulder to help get the club traveling upward, which causes the clubface to open.

This is called "trying to help the ball up", and it is a bad thing.

Look at it this way, if the club is laying on the ground, then you want to swing down into it, the less loft on the club the less down you swing.

Even if you are hitting driver off the deck you swing down at the ball.

You actually need a downward attack into the ball. If you swing up on a fairway wood you will never hit it in the middle of the face or the sweet spot. Try choking down about 1/2" and not playing the ball so far forward.  Hope that helps.

Okay thanks guys.  I'll hit the range tomorrow and try that out.

Thanks!

Hey Justin

My swing thought when hitting 15* and 19* and even hybrid, is "HIT DOWN THE BALL"!  Its just the way how I psychologize myself... but in reality I still sweep the ball off the deck with the fairways.

Hope it helps.

 

Carlo

Move the ball a bit back in your stance. Like 1 inch. The driver is the only club you should play directly inside you front foot. Like most clubs, you actually want to hit the ball on the down swing or sweep it so you catch the ball on a level plane coming in. 

1. Put it back a tad more in your stance.

2. Try to hit down on it a little bit

3. Voila, the perfect 5 yard fade 3 wood.

This is an interesting discussion...so you guys are recommending that to make better contact with the ball off the fairway with a driver/metal wood....swing more down (ie...descending blow) into the ball versus trying to have an ascending blow?  

Just want to ensure I understand it correctly...I often have this issue!

Chris92009

This is an interesting discussion...so you guys are recommending that to make better contact with the ball off the fairway with a driver/metal wood....swing more down (ie...descending blow) into the ball versus trying to have an ascending blow?  

Just want to ensure I understand it correctly...I often have this issue!

Exactly! This produces the medium ball flight with about a five yard fade that most better players hit or desire. 

Found this video and pretty interesting vs. the comments here

granted it's a club I don't care for :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8nYG4ha3ys

 

Sorry forgot the link!

Hey, go for it.

But how long will you keep doing the same thing expecting different results?

the guy in that video isn't so good. he is basically telling you to only use a 3 wood in perfect conditions.

Justinu3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8nYG4ha3ys

 

Sorry forgot the link!

I like Mark Crossfield's YouTube videos/postings.

As for the 3-wood off the deck, my approach is similar to Mark's, though I tend to play the ball about an inch off my left heel.

As to your slicing the 3-wood shot, there is no one magic answer.  Therefore, I will suggest a few things to be mindful of:

  1. Ensure you are not over-rotating.
  2. Ensure you are not lunging at the ball, as a result of the ball being forward in your stance.
  3. Verify that you are not getting your hands caught behind you, causing you to strike the ball with an open face.
  4. Pay attention to your weight shift

Hope this helps.

3 wood off the deck is a tough shot. If you can't get home in two on a par 5 you should not or do not need to hit it.

If you tee off with it you tee it up slightly. That is a mistake a lot of golfers make is grabbing the 3 wood without considering other options.

Granted if you can hit it consistently off the deck more power to you but you are better off laying up to a good yardage than trying to hit a 1 out of 10 shot.  Just don't try to help it get in the air. Good luck

Hitting down on a 3 wood is a bad idea even off the fairway. Hitting down on a 3 wood will cause way too much spin and it will go very high into the air. Actually the correct angle of approach with the 3 wood is from around level to 1.5 degrees ascending. Yes ascending off the ground. Keep in mind 1.5 degrees is not much at all so you shouldn't be purposely swinging up at the ball. A level to ascending angle off approach will give you a strong, boring ball flight that doesn't have crazy amounts of spin.